Some time ago I read Anne D’Allevas Methods & Theories of Art History and was quite impressed by her knowledge and her ability to convey difficult theories and methods to the reader in a simple and understandable way. Hence, I also bought How to Write Art History in order to pick up more about what D’Alleva had to say about her profession. For art students, How to Write Art History must be a treasure trove. Here they will learn the tools of the trade that will make them pass their exams – and perhaps with good marks too. As for myself being a pensioner I really enjoyed reading the chapters about formal analysis, art and context and art history’s own history. For me this reading constituted a welcome and necessary repetition of old knowledge. The chapters dealing with writing of essays and papers I mostly browsed through, but I will return to them later to read many paragraphs more closely when it is my turn to write about art in one way or other.
This is a lovely clear explaination and introduction to the process of writing art history, including essay writing, critical approaches and searching literature. I found it very helpful and think it would be a good starting point as an art history course study guide.