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on 17 September 2011
Selecting choice texts from within 'the canon', from Vasari to some of the most up to date thinking on theory and methodology, this anthology is to be recommended to all students of art history, as providing an excellent overview of the various traditions within art history. Each chapter deals with a different art historian and their writing, while the chapters are grouped together into wider schools of thought.
It is an attractively presented work within an excellent series, and works well as a companion to the other works in the OHA.
I am finding it indispensable in my university career, and would recommend it to those studying or working at any level within the discipline as an excellent critical overview of the subject, as well as an incredibly useful guide to theory and methodology.
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on 31 March 2015
Don't miss this book if you like Art History.
It was a good choice no waste of time and very well written.
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on 21 November 2012
Hard going but very useful for academic art history work. Preziosi's introductions make the texts more comprehensible and put them in context.
Would be useful to bring out an e-book of this edition.
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on 29 January 2015
Essential reading for art history students
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on 24 November 1998
The New Oxford History of Art represents the first massive effort to rethink this field in detail since Nikolaus Pevsner launched the Pelican History fifty years ago. The volumes are well printed, advantageously priced, and generally refreshing in their point of view. Preziosi's volume is sui generis in that instead of dealing with a period or theme, it is a second order study--of the study of art history. It combines an anthology with interspersed commentary. Unfortunately, the Preziosi commentary, demonstrating the author's effort to find a new approach, is marred by opaque language and a sketchy presentation of ideas. For example, he says that one of his approaches will be based on the principle of the anamorphic image. Although he reproduces one by Holbein, he does not adequately explain it. Still, for those with an interest in the subject this volume is worth struggling with.
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on 26 November 2013
Imagine this book as the Game of Thrones of the History of Art world, (just with all the sex and brutality left out). Really hard going and only rewarding if you are in the mood for wading through lots of mud. Its great though, its on my postgrad reading list, so it must be good, I will finish it, I will, I will........
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on 7 October 2014
All pages still in, but corners seem to have been licked for a hundred years before being kept in a swinging bowl.
Now serious: It's second hand, but the amazon description was pretty similar to the other second hand books I bought, and is in a way worst state than the others.
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on 4 June 2013
Great considering the time delivery but huge amount of crossing out and to many underlinings. So my rate is between 2 and 3 stars!
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