This best-selling exploration of traditional and contemporary art and artistic media has a four-part organization: Part I lays the foundation for seeing; Parts II and III examine two- and three-dimensional art; and Part IV views art as it exists in time.

The engaging, clear, and concise presentation has a multicultural emphasis and covers a broad range of media and traditional and contemporary art—encaustic; fresco; wood engraving; earthworks; video and performance art; and computers and art.