By ANTHONY F. JANSON' 'H.W. JANSON
The main thorough, cogent, and lavishly illustrated survey of artwork within the Western culture, Janson's historical past of paintings has now been thoroughly redesigned and up-to-date to make it the final word visually and intellectually intriguing source for at the present time. Timelines; thesaurus; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.
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