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Look! the Fundamentals of Art History

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ISBN-10: 0131745050

ISBN-13: 9780131745056

Edition: 2nd 2007

Authors: Anne D'Alleva

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This handbook is designed to accompany the major textbooks used in the art history survey, presenting various methods for analysis of art as well as extensive tips on writing about art.
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Book details

List price: $40.20
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 3/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Introducing Art History What do art historians do?
The object of art history
What is art?
A working definition of art
What is history? Why is art history important?
Art history and related disciplines
Art criticism
Cultural studies
Visual culture studies
Connoisseurship Art historys toolbox: formal and contextual analysis
Formal Analysis Formal analysis Formal elements Color
Space and mass
Composition Two-dimensional art: painting, graphic arts, photography 31 W"lfflin and formal analysis
Sculpture Architecture Installation art
Performance art
Digital art
Textile and decorative arts
Contextual Analysis Art and context
Contextual questions Art out of context?
Museums and art history
A very brief history of museums
Museums and the experience of art
The process of interpretation: confronting your assumptions
The challenges of cross-cultural interpretation
The challenges of historical interpretation
Is African art anonymous?
Art and its controversies
Style and meaning
Writing Art-History Papers
Structuring art-historical arguments: interpretation vs. opinion
Formal-analysis papers
Taking notes
Structuring your paper
The comparison paper
Research papers
Developing a topic and starting your research
Keeping notes How many sources should I use?
Resources for research
Reference works
Critical moments in art-history writing
Developing a thesis
Writing an introductory paragraph
Sustaining the argument
Dealing with intentions
The conclusion
Editing Citations and bibliographies MLA citations
Chicago citations
Bibliography or Works Cited
Plagiarisms gray zone
If you experience writers block
Writing style
Common stylistic pitfalls of art-history writing
Finding a voice Putting together illustrations
Navigating Art-History Examinations
Slide identifications and short-answer questions
Why are slide identifications important?
Why are slide identifications so hard?
How to succeed at slide identifications
Three-step slide memorization
Memory aids
Unknowns Test-taking strategies for art-history exams
Art-history essays
Studying for essay tests
Types of essay questions
Effective note-taking
Taking good notes in class
Developing a consistent shorthand
Taking notes on readings
Class participation why bother?
Art Historys Own History Ancient world
Excerpt from Plinys Natural History
Middle Ages Renaissance
Excerpt from Vasaris Lives of the Artists
Age of Enlightenment Winckelmann on the Laoco"n
The nineteenth-century: foundations of modern art history
Twentieth-century formalists, iconographers, and social historians
After 1970: the new art history
The feminist art-history revolution
Do other cultures practice art history? China
West Africa Early art history in China