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A comparison of works of art widely separated in time and place often presents new possibilities of interpretation. The author, in this richly illustrated book, offers striking examples of the art of both hemispheres, which, in comparison, reveal artistic facets of both cultures. The purpose is not to emphasize the worth of one object at the expense of its counterpart, but rather to demonstrate the entire artistic validity of each. The works of art, drawn from both sculpture and painting in various media, have been analyzed in considerable detail, from both the technical and aesthetic viewpoints, and they cover the areas of figure portrait, religious image, landscape, animals, flowers, and still life.