Kenneth Clark skrev TV-historia med BBC:s produktion Civilisation år 1969. Efterfrågan tvingade fram en bok. Den boken vill jag se som en milstolpe i vår civilisation därför att den på ett unikt sätt i sammanfattning och överblick beskriver människans goda skaparförmågor. Clark rör sig klarsynt och synnerligen kunnigt inom kultursfären med viktiga referenser till väsentliga politiska och ekonomiska skeenden. Ämnet är begränsat till Europa.
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Kenneth Clark has used his masterly knowledge and understanding of the arts of Western Civilisation to describe and appraise its creative achievements. * Times Literary Supplement * 'He convincingly makes the case for the development of European art and architecture since the end of the Roman Empire as the foundations on which modern Western society rests' * Lloyd's List * Combines great learning with a shrewd mind, a wonderful eye and an admirable generosity of taste ... again and again he compels us to look at some more or less familiar work of art and see it afresh. * Observer * He is without equal * The Listener * One of the too few living authors who tempt me to use superlatives, and also the best for making his profound feeling for the arts contagious. The book glows with excitement for us general readers. * Sunday Times * 'The most famous art historian of his generation' * The Herald magazine * 'Civilisation is an improving text, even after 35 years' * Paul Lay, BBC History *
Kenneth Clark was born in 1903 and was educated at the University of Oxford. Aged 30, he was appointed Director of the National Gallery - he remained there until 1945. He has been Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford, Chairman of the Arts Council and Chairman of the Independent Television Authority. He was knighted in 1938 and made a Life Peer in 1969. In 1976 he was awarded the Order of Merit. He is widely known for his television programmes on art, as well as for his writing.