The Creative Impulse introduces the arts of the Western tradition with a chronological organization. It covers a wide variety of subjects including painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, music, dance, literature, and film, all in their historical context. Up-to-date material on modern artistic movements and achievements broadens the scope of the coverage.
A historical overview of the arts in the Western tradition in the context of the philosophy, religion, aesthetic theory, economics, and politics surrounding them. Updates to the most recent edition (1996) include introductory and concluding essays for each chapter and a greater emphasis on women, ethnic and social alternative art, and dance history. Also new is a CD with 18 musical selections referenced in the text. Abundant, good quality color and b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)