New PDF release: A Basic History of Art

By ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON

The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of paintings within the Western culture, Janson's background of artwork has now been thoroughly redesigned and up to date to make it the final word visually and intellectually intriguing source for this day. Timelines; word list; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.

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Such religious beliefs have been termed animism. To ethnographic peoples, a spirit exists in every living thing. " Other variety, shares spirits dwell in the earth, in rivers and lakes, in the rain, in the demand fertility to sun and moon; still others be appeased in order to promote or cure disease. Guardian Figures Ancestor rituals are the most persistent fea- ture of early religions and the strongest cohesive force in ethnographic societies. result of the lief animism As a 24. Mask, from the Bamenda area, Cameroon.

A primitive societies of tropical Africa, the Greek, therefore, would certainly have ac- knowledged Stonehenge as architecture. And we, too, shall have no difficulty in doing so once we understand that it is not necessary to enclose space in order to define or articulate If architecture is it. "the art of shaping space to human needs and aspirations," then Stonehenge more than meets the test. ETHNOGRAPHIC ART There are few human groups for whom the Old Stone Age lasted until modern times. Modern survivors of the Neolithic are far all • 37 the so-called is- lands of the South Pacific, and the Americas.

Easier to find. A primitive societies of tropical Africa, the Greek, therefore, would certainly have ac- knowledged Stonehenge as architecture. And we, too, shall have no difficulty in doing so once we understand that it is not necessary to enclose space in order to define or articulate If architecture is it. "the art of shaping space to human needs and aspirations," then Stonehenge more than meets the test. ETHNOGRAPHIC ART There are few human groups for whom the Old Stone Age lasted until modern times.

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