Art History for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0470099100

ISBN-13: 9780470099100

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jesse Bryant Wilder, Jesse Bryant Wilder

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Art history is more than just a collection of dates and foreign-sounding names, obscure movements and arcane isms. Every age, for the last 50,000 years has left its unique imprint on the world, and from the first cave paintings to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from the Byzantine mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, to the graffiti-inspired paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, art history tells the story of our evolving notions of who and what we are and our place in the universe. Whether you're an art enthusiast who'd like to know more about the history behind your favorite works and artists, or somebody who couldn't tell a Titian and a De Kooning-but would like to-Art History For Dummies is for you. It takes you on a tour of thirty millennia of artistic expression, covering the artistic movements, major artists, and indispensable masterworks, and the world events and cultural trends that helped spawn them. With the help of stunning black-and-white photos throughout, and a sixteen-page gallery of color images, it covers: The rise and fall of classical art in Greece and Rome The differences between Renaissance art and Mannerism How the industrial revolution spawned Romanticism How and why Post-Impression branched off from Impressionism Constructivism, Dadaism, Surrealism and other 20 th century isms What's up with today's eclectic art scene Art History For Dummies is an unbeatable reference for anyone who wants to understand art in its historical context.
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Mankind in the Looking Glass: Art History 101
Art Tour through the Ages
Why People Make Art and What It All Means
The Major Artistic Periods and Movements
From Caves to Colosseum: Ancient Art
Magical Hunters and Psychedelic Cave Artists
Fickle Gods, Warrior Art, and the Birth of Writing: Mesopotamian Art
One Foot in the Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Art
Greek Art, the Olympian Ego, and the Inventors of the Modern World
Etruscan and Roman Art: It's All Greek to Me!
Art after the Fall of Rome: a.d. 500-a.d. 1760
The Graven Image: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art
Mystics, Marauders, and Manuscripts: Medieval Art
Born-Again Culture: The Early and High Renaissance
Venetian Renaissance, Late Gothic, and the Renaissance in the North
Art That'll Stretch Your Neck: Mannerism
When the Renaissance Went Baroque
Going Loco with Rococo
The Industrial Revolution and Artistic Devolution: 1760-1900
All Roads Lead Back to Rome and Greece: Neoclassical Art
Romanticism: Reaching Within and Acting Out
What You See Is What You Get: Realism
First Impressions: Impressionism
Making Their Own Impression: The Post-Impressionists
Twentieth-Century Art and Beyond
From Fauvism to Expressionism
Cubist Puzzles and Finding the Fast Lane with the Futurists
What You See Is What You Don't Get: From Nonobjective Art to Abstract Expressionism
Anything-Goes Art: Fab Fifties and Psychedelic Sixties
Photography: From a Science to an Art
The New World: Postmodern Art
The Part of Tens
Ten Must-See Art Museums
Ten Great Books by Ten Great Artists
Ten Brushstrokes That Shook the World
Appendix: Online Resources
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