By ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON
The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of artwork within the Western culture, Janson's historical past of paintings has now been thoroughly redesigned and up to date to make it the last word visually and intellectually fascinating source for this day. Timelines; thesaurus; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.
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A Basic History of Art by ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON