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Colombian Art: 3,500 Years [Hardcover]

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This spectacular book plots 3,500 years of artistic production in the regions that are now modern Colombia: from anonymous Pre-Hispanic pottery to installation art by international celebrity artist Fernando Botero.

The many galleries of Colombia's artistic heritage include: a distinct colonial art period of devout religious iconography; an imaginative adaptation of Baroque styles; the inevitable emergence of a distinct "American" art in Colombia; a conjunction with history in the celebrations of the hero in the era of Independence; later, the joyful meeting of artists and the natural history of the region in the 19th century.

This vibrant cultural energy eagerly absorbed twentieth century art's ruptures and new expressions in every medium. This huge legacy of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, collage, and craftwork is drawn from the the art collection of the Bank of the Republic, the national banking institution of Colombia, and complemented by other important public collections. The artists represented here are anonymous and internationally-known; the 400 pieces taken together tell a little-known story of continuous development of a culture of art into one of the most elaborate and interesting in the world.

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Studio: Villegas Editores
Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 10.25" Height: 12.25"
Weight:   6.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2001
Publisher   Villegas Editores
ISBN  9589698271  
ISBN13  9789589698273  

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Criticism
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > General
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Caribbean & Latin American
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > General
6Books > Subjects > History > Americas > South America > Colombia

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A stellar book... Highly recommended  Mar 26, 2002
This is a brilliant book with hundreds of color photos (full page and double page). The reproductions are excellent. The text that accompanies the prints is straight-forward, simple, easy to read and succinct.

To cover the scope of the history of Colombia's art (over 400 years) is a formidable and a very applaudable accomplishment. But, Benjamin Villegas, did not stop here. He pushed the scope of art history beyond the colonial and post-colonial period and included the tribal periods prior to the Spaniards! Bravo.

This 400 page coffee-table book comprehends the substance of Colombian Art. "Colombian Art" is organized into four sections: Pre-Colonial, Colonial, 19th Century and 20th Century Art. The gold and ceramic art of eleven pre-conquistador human groups; the religious art of colonial Colombia, painters of independence, travel painting, landscape painting (19th Century), expressionist art, political art, surrealist art and the emergences of abstract art, are all well documented.

There is an introduction to the works of Masters such as: Franciso Cano, Debora Perez, Serio Trujillo M., Gonzolo Ariza, Jose Rodriqiz A., Luis Caballero, Alejandro Oberegon, Enrique Grau and, of course, Fernando Botero (an entire chapter). I was awed at the scope and quality of art that Colombia has, and continues to produce.

I read and reviewed "Colombian Art" while spending a few months in Colombia. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit many museums and art galleries, and "Colombian Art" helped me appreciate even more, the richness of the art and profundity of the artist. This is a stellar book, worthy of purchase by any art connoisseur, Colombian aficionado or student of the indigenous tribes of pre-Colombia. Highly recommended


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