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 last word visually and intellectually intriguing source for this present day. Timelines; word list; bibliography; index. 1,266 illustrations, greater than 775 in complete colour.

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The magic worked, too, we may be Hunters whose courage was thus fortified were bound to be more successful when slaying these formidable beasts with their primitive weapons. Nor has the emotional basis of this kind of magic been lost even tosure. day. We carry snapshots of those our wallets because their presence, up have come to tear Even we this gives us a love in sense of and people have been known someone they bowels of the earth itself as a from whose womb all other life springs? Such a notion is familiar to us from living thing the cults of earth deities of later times; not impossible that Old Stone Age.

The sticks, of course, have not survived, but a few of the stones have. They are large pebbles or chunks of rock that show the marks of repeated use for the same operation — whatever that may have been. The next step was to try chipping away selected stones as tools because thev had these tools-by-appointment so as to improve their shape. This is the first craft of which we have evidence, and with it we enter at a phase of human development known Paleolithic, or Old Stone Age. as the During the last stage of the Paleolithic, which began about 35,000 years ago, we meet the earliest works of art known to us.

This emphasis on the mysterious and spectacular not only heightened the dramatic impact of the ritual, but also permitted the makers of masks secrecy that were jealously guarded to strive for imaginative masks new effects, so that in general are less subject to traditional restrictions than other kinds of ethnographic ident as we turn to the fluid, ghostly features of the mask from the Gazelle Peninsula on the island of New made of bark Britain in the South Pacific cloth over a meant bamboo frame an animal be a crocodile, and was worn in nocturnal ceremonies by dancers carrying (fig.

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