The picture-less textbook isn't the avant-garde brainchild of some enterprising textbook author, since, as usual, imagination and education just don't mix. The book, titled Global Visual And Material Culture: Prehistory To 1800, is lacking in visuals for a far more pragmatic reason: money. According to the publishers, if they secured the rights for all the images they wished to use, the book would've cost around $630. Which is pretty bad, considering that not only is the textbook mandatory for students at the Ontario College Of Art And Design, it's also used for only one semester. It essentially turns into glossy toilet paper after that.
So, the publisher decided that, instead of pictures, they'd just include a box with instructions on where to find a copy of the particular image on the Internet; as if young college students needed any more practice hunting for uncensored images online. We say they should have gone for the more practical solution and filled the blank spaces with quick MS Paint re-creations of each painting, or perhaps a short written description.
Global Visual and Material Culture: Prehistory to 1800
"It's some lady smiling, but her smile is, like, super mysterious.
And there's a hidden UFO, my friend says."