on 4 February 2004
Art: it's not just for the pretentious. This is a book not just for art historians or students of art. As someone with no background (but some interest) in art, I spent years suffering through books more intent on impressing than informing. But I've finally found a breath of fresh air in this book -- and it left me wanting more. The authors take a fun approach to explaining art, so that I came away both entertained *and* informed. I can now hold my own at the snootiest of arty parties. I highly recommend this book to those seeking a good read.
on 16 July 2008
I have literally just finished this book and I found it very interesting, informative and enjoyable throughout. It breaks down the basics of art history in simple chapters and is easy to read and understand. A fantastic book to get you started, I cant wait to read more on the subject.
on 6 October 2011
This books aims to equip its readers to 'develop informed opinions, learn to appreciate different styles, and explore art in context'.
This book does not give a chronological survey of art history through time, although there is a basic timeline towards the end of the volume.
Instead, authors focus on particular themes and ways to look at visual arts from various regions and time periods.
It is really well written, in a very accessible style, still not shallow, and always illuminating and stimulating.
01. What is art and what is art history?
02. Judging by appearances
03. Looking beyond the picture frame
04. Art today: contemporary ways of looking
05. Art in museums and galleries: spectacle and display
06. Categorizing the history of art
Highly recommended if you're after something different from the chronological art history survey.
on 14 August 2010
I bought this book when thinking about studying a Art History course. It's a fab size, and is very informative.
My only critisism would be the amount of text, and reading you have to do. There are not many pictures as reference but none the less is a great book to gain an understanding of art history.
I have now started a art history diploma and although the course comes with its own reading material, I shall certainly refer back to this.