- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (18 Sept. 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 004701010X
- ISBN-13: 978-0047010101
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
History of Art: A Students' Handbook Hardcover – 18 Sep 1980
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Those of us who live in Western-style societies inhabit a world of visual communications: television, films, videos, advertisements, traffic signs, signals in both urban and rural environments warning and alerting us, graffiti on buildings and vehicles, photographs in newspapers, paintings in galleries, serial strips and cartoons, the packaging on consumer goods. Read the first page
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You will not be happy with this book if you are a university student, and if you want a more detailed study of Art History, buy "The Story of Art" by Gombrich, a text which every self-respecting art history student will own.
For a beginners introduction, this is quite good and comprehensive (in a very superficial way), and if you want to add to an interest in art history, even as a novice, this is rather light as a lot of it is rather obvious and self-explanatory.
A level students: Buy it today. Others: stay away.
Supportive arguments for this point are as follows:
- it is widely accessible by the way it goes into the most recurrent questions of art history with material everybody has already encountered at some point;
- it is not simplistic as it goes further than common sense and can be very specific in the way it tackles specific questions of methods or ideological stand within the disciplinary discourse;
- it is a good read for advanced practitioners as it could provide food for thought to anybody who has a reflexive approach to their art historical research.
On a practical side, this book has for itself to be very short, therefore quick to read through.
I am teaching myself for the A Level, so I have no teacher's guidance; instead I am using the guidelines on the exam board website (in my case, AQA) to establish what the examiners are looking for and I recommend any student turn to that resource rather than believing this book, fine as it may be in its own right, to discover what the examiners expect. The AQA website also has reading lists for each unit and, helpfully, past papers - I'm just glad that Mary Acton's surname begins with an A and was therefore the first book I tried... Incidentally, with any book over a couple of quid I always check what the book is like by viewing a library copy first anyway and would advise those who may be new to studying to do the same...be careful before making expensive purchases - make sure the book will cater to your requirements.
In conclusion therefore, the statement by a previous reviewer that this book is essential for A Level students is, in my view, misleading and incorrect.
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this book was ok! It was actually the first book i had read in a very long time as i want to get back into reading! Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by Mr Nick Millman
Like most History Students, I tried to pick out a few of the most general books from my university reading list, rather than getting all of the books. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2012 by Phoenix91