An Introduction to the History of Architecture, Art & Design

An Introduction to the History of Architecture, Art & Design

An Introduction to the History of Architecture, Art & Design chronicles the times in which major works of architecture, art and design were created, and is compact with features and images of major artworks from each art and design period. From ancient monuments to whistling kettles, from Renaissance masters to graffiti artists, and from the Colosseum to the Beijing Bird’s Nest, this book presents facts in a clear and accessible way.

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Architecture, art and design have shaped the world in which we live and are representative of the eras in which they were made. With vivid photographs of art, readers of this book will get a good understanding of the evolution of architecture, art and design, starting from the earliest periods of ancient civilisations to that of early 21st century.

This book covers major works of architecture, sculpture, paintings, graphic design, furniture and product designs for each art and design period. The best examples from each period are illustrated together with their famous creators, alongside timelines that track the evolution of the artistic disciplines throughout history.

This book is suitable for students and the interested general public.

About This Book

Part I Prehistoric to Gothic

  1. Prehistoric
  2. Early Civilisations
  3. Ancient Egypt
  4. Ancient Greece
  5. Ancient Rome
  6. Early Asia
  7. Byzantine Empire
  8. Medieval & Romanesque
  9. Islamic Era
  10. Gothic

Part II Renaissance to 19th Century

  1. Renaissance & Mannerism
  2. Baroque & Rococo
  3. Neoclassicism & Romanticism
  4. Georgian & Regency
  5. Victorian Era
  6. The Arts & Crafts Movement
  7. Art Nouveau

Part III 20th Century and Beyond

  1. Early 20th Century Art
  2. Suprematism & Constructivism
  3. De Stijl
  4. Bauhaus
  5. Art Deco
  6. The International Style (Pre-War): The Modern Movement
  7. The War Years
  8. Abstract Expressionism
  9. The International Style (Post-War): Mid-Century Modern & Brutalism
  10. Pop Art, Minimalism & Op Art
  11. Postmodernism
  12. Late Modern Architecture
  13. Contemporary Art


Further Reading


Picture Credits

George T Gray has a wealth of professional experience in art and design consultancy and teaching at higher education institutions. He currently teaches History of Southeast Asian Architecture at School of Arts, Sunway University.

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George T Gray
  • 978-967-5492-24-2 (Paperback)
  • 978-967-5492-58-7 (E-book)
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Sunway University Press
7.9 x 9.9 inches