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From cave paintings to the Renaissance, Impressionism to Pop Art, ‘The Collins Big Book of Art’ takes you on a journey through the history of art in a delightful and informative way. With more than 1,200 works of art represented, this is both a coffee table book and an educational experience; cross-referenced throughout, and including the following sections and features – a Chronology spans the history of art, step by step. from 38,000 B.C. to the present. Pieces from around the world are juxtaposed to place them in historical context. Each is labeled with date, country, title, artist, materials, size, and current location. In addition, each piece of art is tied to its movement and key themes, which are pursued in greater detail in the other sections of the book. The second part of the book explores enduring Themes of art, taking a subject and showing how artists through the ages have depicted it. Various approaches to portraits and landscapes, allegory and religion, still life and abstraction are compared and contrasted, using carefully selected images to illuminate each point made.