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on 9 August 2016
This is a set book for the Open University MA in art history and gives a good introduction to different aspects of the subject. It takes the reader from the beginning of art history, through connoisseurship, formalism, iconography and Marxism, and increasingly important part of art history from the mid-20th century. Part two discusses feminism, psychoanalysis, semiotics and finally post-colonialism. Some of these subjects complicated but each overview helps one understand important concepts. I think the reader must be interested in art history and have a certain general knowledge of the subject before reading this book.
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on 29 October 2013
This is a set text on my course and unlike some others is accessible, entertaining and at the same time 'academic' and informative. For the art gallery/museum goer it is worth reading for general interest and to get the thought processes going.
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on 5 February 2016
As a student, very useful
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on 24 July 2013
Provides an accessible insight into different approaches to art history, from Marxism to Feminism, Formalism to Iconography, and so on. Great for students of art studies at all levels and for those interested generally in theories on understanding art.
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on 26 July 2016
A good book, informative. Course book for my MA.
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on 12 June 2017
was not for me but seems fine
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on 31 August 2017
Great, thank you!
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on 11 June 2011
This book is useful for getting a review of the history of art historical ideas. For the student who needs a compendium, to place different view, it is good. Some chapters are better than others, but it provides a useful framework for someone seeking to "place and date" different forms of art historical thinking.

It's a shame that art history tends to step well outside the frame of general history, but that's not the fault of the authors of this book.

It's a good book for a beginner in the field, definitely. That's why it gets 4 stars.
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on 9 October 2014
great book with helpful services
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on 23 April 2016
Very happy with everything.
Quick delivery and the book is perfect.
Super recommend.
Thanks!
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