The History of British Art III Volumes

ISBN: 9781854378033
Artist(s): Various
Author(s): David Bindman, Tim Ayers, Chris Stephens
Format: Hardbacks with Slipcase
Year published: 2008
Publisher: Tate Gallery Publications
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 800
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout


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The History of British Art offers a thorough overview of the origins, development and impact of art and visual culture in Britain from the seventh century to the twenty-first. In three sumptuously illustrated volumes, available separately or as a three-volume set in a luxurious slipcase, the world’s leading experts trace the remarkable story of British art from the Sutton Hoo burial to the present day. Commissioned under the auspices of Tate Britain, the national collection of British art, and the Yale Center for British Art, the premier institution for the study of British art in North America, a team of international scholars has assembled a remarkable resource for specialist and enthusiast alike. Each volume, fully illustrated in colour throughout, comprises substantial surveys of the major subject areas, while focused analysis is given to key themes and artworks, supplemented by timelines, bibliographies and a comprehensive index.

The first volume, The History of British Art 600 – 1600, edited by Tim Ayers, covers the period from the reconnection with a Christian-Roman tradition in the seventh century to the traumatic break from Rome at the time of the Reformation.

The second volume, The History of British Art 1600 – 1870, edited by David Bindman, covers the periodoften considered the Golden Age of British art. The establishment of a modern Britain and its relations with Europe and beyond provide a focus for this volume, which examines the work of artists from Van Dyck to Turner, from Hilliard to Blake and from Reynolds to the Pre-Raphaelites.

The third volume, The History of British Art 1870 to Now, is edited by Chris Stephens. In this volume, London emerges as a mid-point between Europe and America, particularly the centres of the avant-garde in Paris and New York. Leading critics examine modern and post-modern artists from the High Victorian period through to the counter-culture of the 1960s, the Young British Artists of the 1990s, and beyond.


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