Understand Art HistoryBook - 2010
Is this the right book for me?
Are you interested in art? Do you want to develop your own opinions? Would you like to get more out of your visits to galleries and exhibitions?
Understand Art History: Teach Yourself is a comprehensive and unpretentious guide that will ensure you gain a solid grounding in this fascinating subject.
It begins by asking the fundamental question, 'what exactly is art?' before delving into the main historical approaches and interpretations, such as formalism, postmodernism and context. The different art periods, styles and genres are all considered in detail and illustrated with well-known examples, as are painting techniques and the way in which art is presented in museums and galleries. So, whether you are preparing for a course in art history or just want to gain confidence in your own opinions, this is the book for you.
Understand Art History includes:
Chapter 1: What is art and what is art history?
Art: different things in different times and places
What is a 'good' painting
Chapter 2: Judging by appearances
Formalism: What it means
Formalism and art history
Chapter 3: Looking beyond the picture frame
Art in context
The life of the artist: biography
Chapter 4: Art today: contemporary ways of looking
Where to start?
Postmodernism and art histories
Seeing difference: non-Western art
Chapter 5: Art in museums and galleries: spectacle and display
The art museum experience
The art exhibition and the 'blockbuster' show
Museums and exhibitions: other meanings
Chapter 6: Categorizing the history of art
Art periods and styles
Painting materials and techniques
Finding out more: what to look for
Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:
Not got much time?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
Extend your knowledge
Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.
Five things to remember
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.