210 x 279 x 6mm
Chosen from among thousands of images in a massive three-volume set, this spectacular treasury offers the best and most beautiful ornaments from prehistory to the early nineteenth century. From every corner of the globe and from every age, the most striking achievements in the decorative arts are displayed in 835 full-colour, royalty-free illustrations.Conveniently arranged by period are an array of ornamentals adapted from artwork on walls, ceilings, manuscripts, tapestries, and other decorative elements?from ornate carvings on Egyptian columns and striking frescoes on Etruscan walls to dazzling Roman and Byzantine marble mosaics and lavish German book ornamentation and stained glass designs. All images are identified by brief captions. A magnificent addition to any art lover's library, this multipurpose reference will be invaluable to artists and designers alike.