A fully illustrated, panoramic history of art from ancient civilisation to the present day, exploring the remarkable endurance of humankind's creative impulse
John-Paul Stonard trained as a painter before completing a doctorate in art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art. From 2005 to 2010, he worked as an editor at the Burlington Magazine, where he remains a member of the Consultative Committee. His writing has regularly appeared in the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Burlington Magazine and Apollo. John-Paul's publications include Fault Lines: Art in Germany 1945-55; Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation; Chatsworth, Arcadia, Now; and, as editor and contributor, The Books that Shaped Art History. Over a period of four years he travelled extensively to see the objects described in Creation, from Japan to Mexico, Cairo to Madrid, China to Moscow, writing the book as he went.
A worthy and richly illustrated successor to Ernst
Gombrich's fabled The Story of Art * Sunday Times, Best Art
Books 2021 *
Stonard traverses the sweep of human history, moving between cultures and hemispheres ... His book consists of myriad flashes of brilliance and inventiveness ... In sheer scope and ambition, Creation finds a precedent in Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art (1950) ... Stonard both emulates and expands upon Gombrich's masterly and ubiquitous account. But he also offers something distinct, substituting the grand narrative with a pluralistic, incidental and shifting approach. It leads into the near present in the style of a prolonged ellipsis - a promise of "more to come" -- James Cahill * Literary Review *
If The Story of Art were written today, it would look very much like Creation ... This bountifully illustrated book is a history of connections ... [Stonard has a] lucid, thoughtful style ... He manages to show both how the great names of Western art and their peers elsewhere in the world were driven by the same forces, but above all that making art is "part of what it means to be human" -- Michael Prodger * Country Life *
Creation has moments of delight and insight * The Critic *