Book Description: This accessible book looks at the historical and cultural contexts of art works and architecture around the world from prehistoric times to the 20th centuryâ€”with detailed and informative analyses of art, artists, patrons, and techniques. Its unique chronological presentation in compact topical units offers an exceptionally easy-to-use formatâ€”with general period/style introductions followed by self-contained sections on a selected number of specific representative pieces. The global focus emphasizes the diversity and commonality of the human experience. A fully integrated, chronological history of art covers all periods, places, and artsâ€”including extensive analyses of European art, and some American, African, Mesoamerican, and Asian artâ€”along with thorough coverage of women artists throughout. For those who appreciate art and its history.