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The Story of Painting

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This book comprehensively goes through different eras of painting over time. The photo quality is amazing and in addition to the paintings themselves, there are also images of different materials and of individual artists. This is a good book to flip through as well as a good primer to learn about artists, famous paintings, techniques, movements, materials, and how all of that fits into history overall. As with other DK books, this is heavy on both information and images.
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I love this book so much! It's fascinating to read through, gorgeous to look at, flows nicely, and is well put together. I wouldn't expect anything less from DK, one of the best publishers around. I learned so much from this book, and it's definitely enhanced my appreciation of art. Highly recommended!

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A thorough and complete history of humankind and art, especially in terms of painting. Lots of interesting illustrations throughout.
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I love painting books. This one is impressive with its naming of the colors and its varities. great coffee table book. So much to learna nd appreciate.
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This is a wonderful walk through the history of art. very detailed. I find it covers mor topics then painting alone but I love the additional information and picture. If you love art this will be wonderful reference. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
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"The Story of Painting," by DK is an in-depth book covering painting from caves from the Ice Age, to Da Vinci during the Renaissance to present-day abstract art. It covering everything of the history of painting. Covering every type of medium and paint type to the various theory on perspective and color of paint and where it comes from historically.

All together, this book covers most everything to do with the history of painting and how we got to where we are today. It is a great reference book for artists and art teachers alike interested in theory and the past of painting.

I received this eBook free of charge from DK via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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With its signature style of illustrative images and white space, this DK volume covers more than 3,500 years of global painting. Organized by era and geography, with plenty of pictures, this will be a joyful book for art history students, professionals in search of inspiration, and anyone who likes spending an afternoon looking at some amazing art.
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I was allowed to go over this volume prior to publication and asked to review it. I am a very big fan of DK as a publisher and expected quite a bit from this book.   I am certainly happy to be able to recommend it as an excellent resource for students of art history and technique or anyone starting off as an artist themselves.  
DK has carved out a niche for themselves in publishing heavily illustrated volumes filled with detailed information in a format that makes for very easy consumption by the reader.  They produce books that are as much eye candy as they are serious looks at a wide variety of subjects.  This volume is no different.  Starting with the beginnings of art we move forward in time as new painting surfaces, techniques, and materials are added and new artists of influence emerge.  The editors keep the narrative very clear, showing  how changes in material and the idea of composition and subject matter both flow from and disrupt previous norms.   
Of particular note are the moments when the editors stop to recap something in a few pages that covers areas you might not have really focused on, things like the history of a given color in art or how the style of one artist influences all those who follow.
There certainly are more advanced texts on everything here but this book is a grand way to start the journey of knowledge.  I suspect that even an advanced student of art who owned this book would pull it off the shelf and leaf through it just to enjoy the sharp clear illustrations and the wonderful detail.
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The story of Painting is a great book on art history.  It begins with cave painting and describes the different materials and techniques that were used until the modern-day.  

I found this book both educational and inspiring.  An art enthusiast could spend hours engrossed in reading.

 Filled with beautiful famous paintings, this would make a great coffee table book. 
I received this galley from NetGalley.
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I received this book in exchange for a honest review from NetGalley. 

I really loved how gorgeous this book is. A big part of a books shelf appeal in the art history section is the pictures and DK has always done a great job with this. This book is absolutely lovely and very comprehensive about the way that painting techniques, materials and content have changed over time. Great introductory book for someone interested in the history of painting.
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"The Story of Painting" is an art history book that's full of colorful pictures of painting, tools, artists, and such. The book started with cave paintings, Greek pottery, Roman statues, and frescoes and progressed throughout history to the modern day. The book covered information like the development of new technologies and how they impacted art trends, the different styles of art and how they developed, the different types of tools, materials, and pigments used over time, details about important paintings, biographies of significant artists, and information about the different methods of painting (like oil, watercolor, pastels, etc.). I found this book a very informative and enjoyable read. I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about art history (though probably not to someone who has already taken an actual art history course).
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A great overview of art history from the perspective of technique, material, and style, instead of just the straightforward traditional linear timeline. A great book to get art newbies engaged or for a new perspective for those who have more in-depth knowledge but would enjoy a new way of presenting art. 

Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Great book for art lovers. It has so much detail and ranges so many eras and art forms, and anything else you might like to know about art throughout time.
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Thanks to Netgalley, this is my very first preview book. I'm a hardcore DK fan. The general concept of DK is all about beautiful, big picture books. But DK is way more than that. In my opinion, DK is currently the best publisher on Popular Science Books series. "Prehistoric Life", "The Complete Human Body", "Evolution: The Human Story" are among my favorites. The arts books are also outstanding. The structure of this book is to reframing the entire art history of the world chronologically, yet combining the essential characteristics of art into the journey, such as line, perspective, color, harmony, etc.

I'm a huge painting nerd. But as an amateur I could proudly say I suck. Art History is not only a subject for us to merely know who's who in Surrealism or Mannerism. By understanding how to express an idea visually on a canvas (or paper or whatever it is) historically, we enrich our toolbox inside our brain. As a neuroscientist, one of the most cheesy cliche yet effective motto is:

more tools inside our brains, more creativity.

This is the book for the enhancement.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  	

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.	

A fascinating new history of art, this gloriously illustrated book reveals how materials, techniques, and ideas have evolved over the centuries, inspiring artists and giving them the means to create their most celebrated works.

Covering a comprehensive array of topics, from the first pigments and frescos to linear perspective in Renaissance paintings, the influence of photography, Impressionism, and the birth of modern art, The Story of Painting follows each step in the evolution of painting over the last 25,000 years, from the first cave paintings to the abstract works of the last 150 years. Packed with lavish colour reproductions of paintings and photographs of artists at work and the materials they used, it also focuses on key paintings from each period to analyze the techniques and secrets of the great masters in detail.

Immerse yourself in the pages of this beautiful book and find yourself dazzled by new colours; marvel at the magic of perspective; wonder at glowing depictions of fabric and flesh; understand cubism; and embrace abstraction. It will transform your understanding and enjoyment of paintings forever.

I like to paint, but I am not sure if I am an artist after reading this book --- yikes.  I may have to change my Instagram name!!! This book is not a casual read – it is a well written, gorgeous book that you can spend hours reading and re-reading as there is so much involved in this book.   It is a perfect gift for any art lover, artist or painter in your life – there are pages that are frameable as it is so stunning. 

(I always remember in "Titanic" Jack telling Rose why Monet was so awesome with his use of colour - and Picasso's work "like being lost in a dream"

As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by Millennials on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🎨🎨🎨🎨🎨
NOTE: I cannot link this review to LinkedIn - there is something wrong with the linking/programming and it will not happen.
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A beautiful book. Granted, there are more in-depth books on the history of art, but they tend to be more academic. This is a book for people, who want to know more about fine arts, but don't have the advanced knowledge yet. So it's great to have a book which BOTH shows and tells how art developed, it also shows us interesting details about art, like compairing Roy Lichtensteins' work with print technology of comics at the time.
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This is such a great look at art history!  Great balance of visuals and words.  I really enjoyed it a lot.  It touched on so many eras and works.  It was pretty well constantly engaging.  Since it is published by DK I assumed it was more for kids, but I really would recommend it for elementary.  There is a painting of a murder (which was part of history) and of course nudes and some notes about sexuality and such.  I would say at least a teen and probably high school, honestly.  The book is very neat as an art appreciator, and I enjoyed it but I don’t really consider it as being for children.
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Do you like art? Do you enjoy reading about what makes art awesome? Like how awesome artists used light/shadow/perspective/etc. to create some of the most gorgeous pictures ever? Then you will want to read this book. I love DK books, I love books that are heavy on both cool information and images. I'm also someone who just likes looking at paintings. So yes, I very much enjoyed this book. If you're even remotely curious about art history, then check this book out. If you just like looking at books with lots of pretty pictures, then, yes, you'll want to check this book out. Because I like looking at pretty things.
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I have written to Net Galley several times to tell them either I never received the book or it didn't go into my Kindle in the same place as usual.  I kept getting idiotic responses from one woman who insisted that it was because I had 2 email addresses.  After several emails of patiently trying to explain to her that I have been receiving and reviewing books for Net Galley for  years PLUS I don't have another email address, I just gave up.  This foolish, foolish woman just wouldn't listen, so obviously I have no way of reviewing this book.  This is a shame as I am an art photographer and very involved and knowledgeable about the arts.
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One of the most condensed book about the history of art. This book can be integrated in history of arts courses from high school to college levels. The author selected multiple techniques to illustrate the progression of the arts through the ages: from 1500 BCE to modern era. My favorite features were the analysis of techniques applied on the famous works and the  the comparative of colors.

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