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Art History : A Very Short Introduction - Dana Arnold

Art History

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 22nd January 2004
ISBN: 9780192801814
Number Of Pages: 144

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This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues in the field of art history, using a wide range of well-known examples. Dana Arnold also examines the many different ways of writing about art, and the changing boundaries of the subject of art history.
Other topics covered include the canon of art history, the role of the gallery, "blockbuster" exhibitions, the emergence of social histories of art (such as feminist art history or queer art history), and the impact of photography. The development of art history using artifacts such as the altarpiece, the portrait, or pornography to explore social and cultural issues such as consumption, taste, religion, and politics is discussed. And the book also explains how the traditional emphasis on periods and styles originated in western art production and can obscure other approaches.

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This book lives up to its title: it is genuinely very short, just over 100 pages of text in a slender format, and it is genuinely an introduction, not itself an art history. So there are no lists of artists or periods, no rush through those aesthetic subtleties that take a very long book to explain. Professor Arnold is concerned with concepts, with making us aware, for example, of the difference between art history, art criticism and art appreciation. She discusses the great art historians, the philosophers whose thinking is relevant, how museums display their objects, what words like 'icon' mean, what the relationship is among art, artist and viewer. 'Art history' is an extremely complex subject, here dealt with in a manner both highly intelligent and dense with implication. It is written with concentration and deserves to be read with concentration. It is difficult to think of a more intriguing introduction to an intriguing subject. (Kirkus UK)

1: What is Art History? 2: Writing Art History 3: Presenting Art History 4: Thinking about Art History 5: Reading Pictures Timeline Glossary Further Reading

ISBN: 9780192801814
ISBN-10: 0192801813
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 22nd January 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 11.43  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.13

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