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Art History: a critical introduction to its methods
on 7 June 2010
This is a book that fails to explain clearly a range of complex ideas. If you are an undergraduate studying art history who needs a clear introduction to the range of critical approaches now current in the fields of art history and/or visual culture, I would advise against using this book. Although it does present accurately the chronological development of the theories, names the individuals who have made the principal contributions to this field, and offers useful bibliographic references, its discussions of what the ideas mean and how they relate to art-historical practice are convoluted and verbose. The chapter on Connoisseurship is, I think, genuinely misleading, and should be avoided. The chapter on Formalism is very abstract and confusing. The chapters on Feminism and Psychoanalysis are reasonably clear.