The Picture History of Painting: From Cave Painting to Modern Times by H.W. Janson and Dora Jane Janson. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1957. A beautiful volume containing a multitude of both color and black-and-white photographs, this book provides an excellent introductory history to the evolution of art. With sections touching on how painting began, the middle ages, the renaissance, the revolution of the 18th century, and contemporary painting, this book is a must-have.
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