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History of Art in Africa
A groundbreaking work, this is the first book to cover the arts of the entire continent of Africa, including Egypt, and to survey the art history, rather than the cultural traditions, of African peoples. The authors' unique synthesis of up-to-date research on African arts of many periods and geographic areas has resulted in a major contribution to the literature of art his ...more
Published September 1st 2000 by Discontinued 3PD
(first published January 1st 1999)
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Visona's book is prolific and a much needed eye-opener to the richness of Afrikan cultures. Presenting a historical survey that spans the continent and the ages, Visona gives readers a survey of the function and evolution of different styles of Afrikan art, along with historical context and their significance in the relative society. This isn't a stereotypical or patronizing work that rehashes the same old information- Egyptian art, etc., for instance- and the level of detail and attention place ...more
I do not have much in the way of experience with the study of art. In fact, my only experience is that I have been reading the course material for two art history courses out loud to my auditory learner. I also have not had a longitudinal interest in the art of Africa, but this book really changed that. The breadth and depth of the art in Western Africa, which is largely wood carving and painting, but included bead work and textiles, is both fascinating and beautiful, The color reproductions in ...more
Its amazing the things you never learn about Africa in your world history classes. Talk about poor education in America. This is an extremely stimulating and informative read. Of course I'm an art history student so I might be biased toward the subject.