'The Arnolfini Marriage', an Egyptian mummy, a gilded clock, a Japanese puppet, Van Gogh's 'Irises', a Tibetan conch trumpet, an Eskimo mask, and a meso-American calendar....
These are just a few of the treasures from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Australasia featured in this book, an eye-opening introduction to the wonders of world art. The artefacts are organized and explored in five themes:
time and space;
fantasy and history;
and the natural world.
In this tour of art from prehistoric times up to the present day, Andrea Belloli explores how each reasure was made, who created and used it, and what it tells us about the culture from which it sprang.