Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark

Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.

British Broadcasting Corporation & John Murray, 1970, Hardback in dust wrapper.

4th impression. [First Edition: 1969] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Plates; Black & White Plates;

From the cover: When Kenneth Clark introduced his magnificent BBC television series Civilisation he emphasised that it was not a history of the arts, but a history of life-giving beliefs and ideas made visible and audible through the medium of art. The continuous praise and enthusiasm with which the series was received proves how successful he has been in making this personal view an exciting and stimulating search into the sources and development of Western Civilisation.

For this book the author has revised the scripts of the thirteen television programmes. As he takes us from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day, he does not attempt to give a complete record but concentrates on crucial civilising episodes from lona in the ninth century to France in the twelfth, from Florence to Urbino, from Germany to Rome, England, Holland and America. Against these historical backgrounds he shows us both the men who gave new energy to civilisation and expanded our understanding of the world and ourselves, and the works of genius, in architecture, sculpture and painting, in philosophy, poetry and music, in science and in engineering, which they produced and with which the series has been filled. In relating works of art to the history of civilisation Kenneth Clarks perception of their quality and the spirit they embody enables him to let us see a painting, a building or a piece of sculpture, whether it is something we know, like Raphaels School of Athens, or something we might not have thought of considering a work of art, like a Brunei bridge, with the excitement of new discovery.

The enormous television audience that has been delighted by Kenneth Clarks clarity and lucidity in covering and interpreting so wide a span of time, so versatile a range of ideas and their manifestations, will be in no doubt at all about the value and importance of this book.

On the front of the jacket is a detail from Raphaels fresco in the Vatican, known as the School of Athens. It shows Euclid (in fact a portrait of the architect Bramante) proving a geometrical theorem to a group of graceful young men, who are enraptured at the logic and clarity of his demonstration. On the back of the jacket is a later result of drawing diagrams -the old Forth Bridge.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 359 pages. Index. 10″ x 7″.

This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my History category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!

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