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The human artist and instinct for art as a means of making "special"

  • Gay Brown, art historian
    Proportion and style in Ancient Egyptian Art
    University of Texas Press, 1994
  • Ellen Dissanayake, anthropologist
    Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes from and Why?
    University of Washington Press, 1995
  • Christopher Frayling, cultural historian; Helen Frayling, painter; and Ron Van Der Meer, illustrator
    The Art Pack: a Unique, Three-Dimensional Tour Through the Creation of Art over the Centuries: What Artists Do, How They Do It, and the Masterpieces
    Knopf, 1992
  • David Freedberg, art historian
    The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response
    University of Chicago Press, 1989
  • Vilaynur S. Ramachandran, physician and experimental psychologist
    The Emerging Mind (Reith Lectures 2003)
    BBC and Profile Books UK, 2003


Prehistoric Society and the discovery, analysis and importance of prehistoric art

  • P.G. Bahn, archaeologist
    The Cambridge Illustrated History of Prehistoric Art
    University of Cambridge University Press, 1998)
  • Jacques Cauvin, prehistorian
    The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture
    Cambridge University Press, 2000
  • Jean-Marie Chauvet (et al), speliologist, discoverer of the Chauvet Cave
    Chauvet Cave: The Discovery of the World's Oldest Paintings
    Gardners Books, 2001
  • Bradford Keeney, cultural scholar, shaman, therapist
    Ropes to God: Experiencing the Bushman Spiritual Universe
    Ringing Rocks Press in association with Leete's Island Books, 2003
  • David Lewis-Williams, cognitive archaeologist
    The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
    Thames & Hudson, 2002 & 2004


Art as expression of power and means of influence

  • John Boardman, archaeologist
    Persia and the West: An Archaeological Investigation of the Genesis of Achaemenid Persian Art
    Thames & Hudson, 2000
  • Murray Edelman, political scientist
    From Art to Politics: How Artistic Creations Shape Political Conceptions
    University Of Chicago Press, 1996
  • Jane DeRose Evans, art historian
    The Art of Persuasion Political Propaganda from Aeneas to Brutus
    University of Michigan Press, 1992
  • Richard Lewis, computational/cognitive psychologist; and Susan Ingalls Lewis, historian
    The Power of Art
    Wadsworth Publishing, 1994
  • J. Nicholas Postgate, specialist in Oriental studies
    Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History
    Routledge, 1992, 1994


Art as storytelling

  • Peter Sutton (ed.), linguist, anthropologist
    Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia
    George Braziller, 1997
  • Anonymous; and Andrew George, orientalist
    The Epic of Gilgamesh: A New Translation
    Penguin Classics, 2003
  • Ian Lilley, archaeologist
    Archaeology Of Oceania: Australia and the Pacific Islands
    Blackwell Publishing Professional, 2006
  • Harvey A. Shapiro, classics specialist
    Myth into Art: Poet and Painter in Classical Greece
    Routledge, 1994
  • Tom Shone, writer
    Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer
    Free Press (Simon & Schuster) 2004


Human awareness of mortality; art as depiction of and accompaniment to death

  • Phillipe Ariès, historian (Helen Weaver, translator)
    The Hour of Our Death
    Oxford University Press, 1991
  • Jan N. Bremmer, historian
    The Rise and Fall of the Afterlife: The 1995 Read-Tuckwell Lectures at the University of Bristol
    Routledge, 2001
  • Dean Koontz, writer; and David Robinson, photographer
    The Art of the Cemetery
    Penguin Studio Books, 1996
  • D. H. Lawrence; writer
    Sketches of Etruscan Places and Other Italian Essays
    Cambridge University Press, 2002
  • Don McCullin, retired photojournalist
    Don McCullin
    Jonathan Cape, 2003