Art from Around the World
DI's library makes every effort to be the one resource you can always turn to for research assistance, for specific design information, or for those extra special volumes.
That's why DISD has acquired several exciting new books about art and architecture from other countries, all generously sized and fabulously illustrated. Here's a taste of the international tour the library can offer you today - each and every one a winner and worth the investment of a few hours to broaden your horizons.
- The Art and Architecture of Mesopotamia covers the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Greek, Sasanian, Umayyad and other civilizations that thrived in the region of present-day Iraq. It's a must for anyone following today's headlines or with an interest in the earliest foundations of Western art and architecture.
- Another important resource straight from the cradle of civilization, The Art and Architecture of Persia - a volume examining the area now known as Iran - walks you through the region's history and its far-reaching impact on art, design and architecture from the pre-Islamic era all the way through the 19th century.
- Handmade in India : A Geographic Encyclopedia of Indian Handicrafts takes you on a virtual tour of the country and its textiles, jewelry, clothing, and other crafts. Meet the people of this glorious nation while reviewing a plethora of items made by hand. Examine the tools and materials they continue to use after hundreds of years and explore the landscapes and cultures that have given rise to some of the most creative crafts you're likely to encounter anywhere in the world.
- Finally there's The Art Atlas presenting, in a single volume, one of the most comprehensive surveys of art you'll find. From every corner of the globe, ranging from the earliest human civilizations to the present day, The Art Atlas delivers superb photography depicting art, architecture, artifacts, and handicrafts. Maps of empires and trade routes explain the spread of artistic influences over the centuries. And it's all in language that's easily understood, digested and appreciated. If you only have time to read one book about art this semester, you want it to be this one.
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