Art and its Global Histories

A new series offering an accessible introduction to the ways in which the history of Western art from the fourteenth century to the present day has been bound up with cross-cultural exchanges and global forces.

Each of the four textbooks in the series explores a distinct period of this long history, apart from the third, which focuses on the art and visual culture of the British Empire, with particular reference to India. All of the textbooks are designed to be read independently by the general reader. To encourage the reader to reflect on the material presented, each chapter contains short exercises in the form of questions printed in bold type which are followed by discursive sections.

There is also a companion reader, Art and its Global Histories: A reader, edited by Diana Newall. The Reader is organised under key themes and ideas that underpin the notion of a global art history spanning from the fourteenth century to the present day.


Critical Perspectives in Art History

Designed primarily for students, academics and museum audiences, the books in this series reassess themes, canonical works, movements, key artists and topics in the light of different interpretive frameworks.


Rethinking Art's Histories

This series aims to open out art history from its most basic structures. Its function is to foreground work that challenges the conventional periodisation and geographical subfields of traditional art history, and to address a wide range of visual cultural forms from the early modern period to the present.

Series editors: Marsha Meskimmon ( and Amelia Jones (


Studies in Design and Material Culture

This long-running series publishes high-quality research in the form of monographs and edited volumes in the field of the History of Design and Material Culture. Spanning a broad chronology and a wide geography, titles in the series cover theories and histories of materiality, the relationship between making and thinking, fashion and culture, production and consumption, textiles and industry, movements and trends. We welcome new proposals for peer review.

General editors: Christopher Breward and James Ryan.
Founding editor: Paul Greenhalgh.