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Exploring world art
Belloli, Andrea P. A.
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, [1999]

Physical Description:
116 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Introduces the world of art, placing Western European art in a broad global context and discussing artistic treatment of such themes as other worlds, daily life, history and myth, and nature.
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 1999 by Frances Lincoln Limited"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.
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N7440 .B35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This colorful introduction to world art brings together seemingly unrelated objects--such as an Aztec calendar stone and a Flemish still life--to help children make connections between the world of art and their own lives. The art is divided into chapters on Time and Space, Other Worlds, Daily Life, History and Myth, and the World of Nature. Ancient Egyptian mummies accompany a native Alaskan mask to illustrate how various cultures have expressed belief in spirits and the afterlife, while an early American quilt and a Polynesian artifact both serve as artistic representations of daily life. An ideal resource for educators and parents, Exploring World Art will help children think about art and its various roles in society.

Author Notes

Andrea Belloli is an author and editor, and the creator of Make Your Own Museum, an activity kit for children.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7 and up. From prehistoric Patagonian rock art to a 1980's aboriginal dreaming picture, this tour of world art introduces a remarkable variety of media and images. Broadly organized by such themes as "Daily Life" and "History and Myth," each of the five sections presents six to seven works of art. Every entry features a large, clear photograph of the artifact, accompanied by a smaller one magnifying a segment; all the pictures have informative captions. A concise narrative furnishes important background information while pointing out what the art reveals about the culture. Boxed paragraphs add supplementary facts. As the text notes, occasionally only part of a painting is reproduced, but unfortunately, no dimensions are provided. Unlike many Eurocentric art studies, this includes art from nearly every continent. A map, time line, and glossary add accessibility. An enlightening introduction to art appreciation. --Linda Perkins

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-This interesting and attractive title looks at the connections between humankind's "worries, hopes, fears, and plans" throughout history and the art/art objects that sprang from them. Arranged into five broad sections ("Time and Space," "Other Worlds," "Daily Life," "History and Myth," and "World of Nature"), each artifact is accompanied by a full-color photograph or reproduction. Belloli describes how such objects as an Aztec calendar stone, a Dutch still-life painting, or an Egyptian coffin were made, their meaning and purpose within their culture, and gives other historical and background information. Among the formats introduced are portraits, sculptures, paintings, maps, calendars, masks, quilts, and rock forms. When a pattern evolves, Belloli explains how it came to be. Carvings on objects, stone forms, and other interesting markings are explained as well. Various works of fine art from the masters are discussed when applicable. The text surrounds the artwork without creating a busy format; the layout is visually attractive. A double-paged map pinpoints the places of origin for the various objects and a time line shows when they were developed. A worthwhile addition for browsers and report writers.-Linda Zoppa, South Bronx High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 12
Time and Spacep. 15
Our Place in the Worldp. 17
What Do the Stars Foretell?p. 20
Feeding the Sunp. 22
Time's Hidden Machineryp. 24
Stopping Time Deadp. 26
The First Moving Picturesp. 28
Painting the Dreamtimep. 30
Other Worldsp. 33
Banquets for the Deadp. 34
Voyage to the Field of Reedsp. 38
A Heavenly Messengerp. 43
A Call to Prayerp. 44
A Man Becomes a Godp. 46
Spirits of the Huntp. 48
Mirrors and Medicine Packsp. 51
Daily Lifep. 53
Preparing for Battlep. 55
Everyday Detailsp. 57
Changing with the Seasonsp. 60
Party Time in Parisp. 63
Fit for a Chiefp. 64
Sweet Dreams of Americap. 67
Joining the Communityp. 70
History and Mythp. 73
Monsters, Gods, and Heroesp. 75
Long Live the King!p. 78
The Game of Lovep. 81
Akbar and the Runaway Elephantp. 82
The Asthmatic Princep. 85
A Spiral of Yearsp. 87
The Magical Breadfruit Treep. 88
World of Naturep. 91
Art on the Landp. 92
Paradise on Earthp. 94
Like an Enchantmentp. 97
Chaos and Calmp. 98
Natural Wondersp. 100
Painting and Plantingp. 103
Where Do the Objects Come From?p. 106
How Old Are the Objects?p. 108
Glossaryp. 112
Indexp. 114
Photographic Acknowledgmentsp. 116