Art for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764551043
ISBN-13: 9780764551048
Edition: 1999
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/24/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Thomas Hoving is credited with having brought art into the lives of a wider New York public when he introduced highly successful exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Art for Dummies introduces art to the general reader in a user-friendly manner.

Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, also served as editor of Connoisseur and cultural correspondent for ABC's "20/20." The author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers Making the Mummies Dance and Tutankhamun, he lives in New York City.

Foreword
Introduction
Appreciating Art
What Is Art?
Toward a Definition of Art
Levels of art
The constant in art
How to Recognize Good Art
How to Appreciate Art Without an Advanced Degree
The Key to Being a Connoisseur
Distinguishing the good from the bad
Examining the real thing
Keeping your eye in tune
How to Visit a Museum the Way the Pros Do
Doing What the Pros Do
Get a postcard
Make a "wish list"
Look at what you don't like
Become a member of the museum
Listen to some music
Dress code
A final plea
Art through the Ages
Prehistoric Art (More Sophisticated Than You Would Believe)
Prehistoric Cave Art
Altamira
Lascaux
Chauvet
Art Leaves the Caves
The Ancient World: Still the Most Exciting
The Ancient Near East
Mesopotamia (Iraq)
Anatolia (Turkey)
Persia (Iran)
Egypt, the True Grandmother of the Fine Arts
The character of Egyptian art
Where to see Egyptian art
The best of Egyptian art
The Glory That Was Greece
Portraying the figure
The Temple of Apollo at Olympia
More figures from the 5th century
The Hellenistic period
The Art of Rome
Etruscan influences
Discovering Roman art
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Roman silverworking
Christian influences
Medieval Art (Definitely Not the Dark Ages)
Early Christian Art
The early Christian "look"
The rise of the mosaic as a medium
The early Christian style in Rome
The apogee of early Christian art
The "Dark Ages"
The Lindisfarne Gospels
The Book of Kells
The decline of the "Dark Ages"
The Romanesque
Gislebertus
Master Hugo
Pinpointing the greatest Romanesque works
The Gothic
The International Style
Byzantine Art
Macedonian Renaissance
Late Byzantine Art
The Renaissance and Revivals
Renascences
The Italian Proto-Renaissance
Italian Early Renaissance
Brunelleschi
Masaccio
Donatello
Ghiberti
Piero della Francesca
Alberti
Andrea Mantegna
Sandro Botticelli
Italian High Renaissance
Leonardo da Vinci
Raphael
Andrea Palladio
Giorgione
Titian
Correggio
Michelangelo
The Northern European "Renaissance"
The Grandeur of the Northern Renaissance
Robert Campin
Jan van Eyck
Rogier van der Weyden
Hugo van der Goes
Hieronymus Bosch
Pieter Breughel the Elder
Hans Holbein the Younger
Matthias Grunewald
Albrecht Durer
Northern Sculpture
Viet Stoss
Tilman Riemenschneider
Mannerism: Sensuality and the Bizarre
The Real and the Invented Mannerism
Jacopo da Pontormo
Rosso Fiorentino
Bronzino
Parmigianino
Veronese and Tintoretto
French Mannerism
El Greco
The Baroque: The True Golden Age
The Birth of Baroque
Caravaggio
Georges de la Tour
The Caravaggesque Style Elsewhere
The Flourishing of the Baroque
Gianlorenzo Bernini
Peter Paul Rubens
Jan Vermeer
Rembrandt van Rijn
Baroque Tendencies in France
Pierre Puget
Nicholas Poussin
The Best of the 17th Century: Diego Velazquez
The Sparkling 18th Century
France and the Rococo Style
Jean-Antoine Watteau
Francois Boucher
Jean-Honore Fragonard
Painters of the middle class
French sculpture
French decorative art
Germany and the Rococo
The Impact of Italy
Piazzetta and Tiepolo
Caneletto, Guardi, and Belotto
English Contributions
William Hogarth
Thomas Gainsborough
English decorative arts
The Emergence of America
The End of the Rococo
Neoclassicism and the Romantic Twinge
Neoclassicism
Jacques-Louis David
The reach of Neoclassicism
Antonio Canova
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
Romanticism
William Blake
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Caspar David Friedrich
Eugene Delacroix
Theodore Gericault
Francisco Goya
Impressionism (The Poetry of the Land and Mankind)
The Roots of Impressionism
Creative forebears
Seminal thoughts
Political influences
The advent of photography
The impact of science
The art establishment falls
The Key Role of Edouard Manet
Claude Monet
The Impressionist "Style"
Post-Impressionism (Or Better, Pre-Modern)
Painting after the Impressionists
Georges Seurat
Paul Gauguin
Vincent van Gogh
Paul Cezanne
Modern Art: The Bold, the Beautiful, and the Not-So-Beautiful
Pablo Picasso
ISMs and Other Styles
Fauvism
Die Brucke ("The Bridge")
Der Blaue Reiter ("The Blue Rider")
Futurism
Constructivism
Suprematism
Dadaism
Surrealism
The Bauhaus
Sezession (Secession)
Is Modern Art Something of a Joke?
Contemporary Art and Its "ISMs" (Not Always So Nice, but Ever Exciting)
The Lowdown on Contemporary Art
Abstract Expressionism
Color Field Painting
Pop Art
Abstract Illusionism
Art Brut
Body Art
Minimalism
Conceptual Art
Earthworks
Hairy Whoism and Chicago Imagism
"True" Art
Neurotic Realism
Transavantgardism
Installation Art
A Look at Art Beyond the Western World
China
The essence of Chinese art
Taipei treasures
Japan
Unbreakable traditions
India and Southeast Asia
Islamic Art -- Only God Remains
Beginnings -- Early Caliphs and the Umayyads (633-750)
Fatimids (909-1171)
Seljuq art (1037-1300)
Moorish Spain (719-1492)
Mamluk art (1250-1517)
Ottoman art (1299-1893)
Safavid art (1502-1736)
Mughal art (1525-1857)
Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
Africa
Oceania
The Americas
Beginning Your Own Collection
Getting Ready to Collect
Getting Set to Collect
Record your first impression
Describe the item in writing
Determine the condition
Figure out how the work was used
Determine the style
Find out where a piece came from
Consult an expert
Run some tests
Compare your first impression with what you have found out
The Don'ts of Collecting Art
How to Play the Buying Game
The Many Faces of Forgeries
Where to Go to Buy
Knowing What to Ask
Understanding Dealer-Speak
Taking Your Chances at an Auction
What to Collect and What to Avoid
What to Look Into or Avoid
The Part of Tens
The Greatest Works of Western Civilization
King Tut's Golden Mask
The Sculptures of the Parthenon
The Scythian Gold Pectoral
Nicholas of Verdun's Enameled Altar
Giotto's Arena Chapel
The Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck
Leonardo's "Mona Lisa"
Michelangelo's "David"
The Isenheim Altarpiece by Mathias Grunewald
El Greco's "Burial of Count Orgaz"
Diego Velazquez's "Las Meninas"
Rembrandt's "Return of the Prodigal Son"
Francisco Goya's "The Third of May, 1808"
Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party"
Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"
The Ten Most Interesting Artists (And Why)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Francisco Goya (1746-1828)
Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1573-1610)
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564)
Lysippus (Flourished 4th century B.C.)
Ten Artists Worth Watching
Mark di Suvero (b. 1933)
Gary Simmons (b. 1964)
Helen Frankenthaler (b. 1928)
Andrew Wyeth (b. 1917)
Frank Stella (b. 1936)
Anselm Kiefer (b. 1945)
Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920)
Robert Rauschenberg (b. 1925)
Jenny Saville (b. 1970)
Dale Chihuly (b. 1941)
How to Tell if Your Child Has Artistic Genius and Then What to Do
Appendixes
Artspeak Unmasked
The Professional's Checklist on How to Buy Art
Art Chronology
The Essential Guide to the World's Top Art Cities and Centers
The Awesome Americas
United States
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Los Angeles Area
San Diego Area
San Francisco Area
Colorado
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.
Illinois
Chicago
Indiana
Maryland
Baltimore
Massachusetts
Boston area
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Kansas City
Saint Louis
New York
Buffalo
Corning
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Cleveland
Oberlin
Toledo
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Texas
Austin
Dallas
Fort Worth
Houston
Virginia
Wyoming
Canada
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto
Vancouver
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Peru
Venezuela
Europe (All That's Worth a Detour)
Austria
Vienna
France
Paris
Germany
Berlin
Cologne (Koln)
Dresden
Munich
Greece
Athens
Ireland
Dublin
Italy
Florence
Rome
Venice
Netherlands, The
Amsterdam
The Hague
Russia
Moscow
St. Petersburg
Spain
Barcelona
Bilbao
Madrid
Switzerland
Basel (Switzerland)
Zurich
United Kingdom
London
Non-Western Destinations
Egypt
Stepped Pyramid at Saqqara
The Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Giza Plateau
Cairo
Luxor
Aswan
Israel
Jerusalem
Turkey
Istanbul
Bibliography
Index
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