This addition to the Visual Encyclopedia series covers a broad range of traditions in painting, sculpture, photography, music, and dance, from early civilizations to the present. Photographs and reproduced artwork provide vivid examples of artistic genres and styles, as well as prominent creators. The section on painting, by far the most expansive of the five, introduces significant movements—including baroque, romanticism, impressionism, and cubism—and profiles influential painters. If flipping from a portrait of Stravinsky to a spread featuring Bob Dylan, Beyoncé, and Jay Z catches readers off guard, it speaks to the breadth of material covered. The final chapter on dance looks at ancient, folk, and national dances, as well as contemporary crazes and styles, including krumping and body popping. It’s a substantial addition to a home library. Ages 8–12. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/28/2017 Release date: 08/01/2017 Genre: Children's
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