Learning to Look at Paintings

ISBN-10: 0415435188
ISBN-13: 9780415435185
Edition: 2nd 2009 (Revised)
Authors: Acton
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Description: This accessible guide to the study and appraisal of paintings shows how you can learn to look at and understand an image by analysing how it works, what its pictorial elements are and how they relate to each other.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.924

This accessible guide to the study and appraisal of paintings shows how you can learn to look at and understand an image by analysing how it works, what its pictorial elements are and how they relate to each other.

List of figures
List of plates
Preface
Introduction to the second edition
Introduction
Composition
Introduction
Horizontals and verticals
Harmony and balance
Rhythm and the spaces between objects
Curves and diagonals
Colour
Asymmetry
Apparently random composition
Collage
Composition and installation
Conclusion
Space
Introduction
Linear perspective
Geometrical space
Imaginative space and illusionism
Aerial perspective
Space to walk about in: landscape
Spatial distortion: ignoring the middle distance
Multiple-viewpoint perspective
Space in front of the picture
Spatial disorientation
Historical and memorial space
Conclusion
Form
Introduction
Sculptural form in the human figure
Form achieved by chiaroscuro and sfumato
Form made tangible
The disintegration of form
The rebuilding of form
Form created with colour
Form and scale
The closing of the gap between painting and sculpture in the twentieth century
Conclusion
Tone
Introduction
Tone used to create drama
Tone and the expression of emotion
Tone and the realisation of form and space
Tone used to create atmosphere
Tone and the reconstruction of form
The use of chalk and blackboard to manipulate tone
Conclusion
Colour
Introduction
The use of colour to express emotion
Colour and the power of suggestion
The power of colour to disturb the emotions
The power of colour to express emotion without a figurative subject
Colour and scale
Colour and the expression of texture
The use of coloured light for expression
Conclusion
Subject-matter
Introduction
Religious subjects
Mythological subjects
Historical subjects
Scenes of everyday life with a moral
Literary subject-matter
The significance of the intended setting for a picture and the role of restoration
Subject-matter and image making: clarity and ambiguity in communicating a message
Subject-matter and the idea of abstraction
Subject-matter and interpretation
Poetical subjects
Subject-matter and the idea of painting as poetry
Conclusion
Drawing and its purposes
Introduction
Drawing used to try out ideas
Drawing and sculptural expression
Landscape drawings
Topographical drawings and watercolours
Line drawing
Individual drawing techniques in the twentieth century
Conclusion
Looking at prints
Introduction
The exploitation of detail: line engraving, woodcut and wood engraving
The creation of mystery and ambivalence by means of tone
The development of a print from its original drawing: etching and aquatint
Lithography
The coloured lithography
Silk screen printing and the use of modern printing techniques
New ways of making prints and the impact of digital technology
Conclusion
Conclusion: the use of comparison as an aid to looking
Some questions to ask yourself when standing in front of a painting
Glossary of some art terms
References and further reading
Index

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