The Art of Chess

Colleen Schafroth, Author
Colleen Schafroth, Author ABRAMS $29.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-8109-1001-0
Reviewed on: 03/01/2002
Release date: 03/01/2002
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Stunningly intricate chess pieces from as early as the 10th century are on display in The Art of Chess, Maryhill Museum of Art director Colleen Schafroth's beautifully illustrated homage to one of the world's oldest and most popular pastimes. Schafroth traces the evolution of the game from its origins in India, to its first golden age under the Arab caliphate, to the birth of the (much faster) modern version in 15th-century Europe. Photos of chessmen from around the world include an ivory Inuit set featuring igloos and seals, and a Soviet version that pits capitalists (and their enchained pawns) against the vigorous country lads who represent the Soviets. (May)
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