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Art History For Dummies (For Dummies) [Paperback]

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Item description for Art History For Dummies (For Dummies) by Jesse Bryant Wilder, Hans Follmer, Leonard Gross, Edward Nelson, Cliff Smith, Marta Rondon & David Mungello...

The fun and easy way to brush up on art history Ranging from prehistoric cave paintings to postmodern art installations, this is an ideal resource for students of art history as well as anyone who wants a lively yet systematic introduction to art through the ages. Unlike Art For Dummies, which is designed as an art-appreciation reference for museum goers, Art History For Dummies provides a thorough chronological survey of artistic movements, major artists, and masterworks. It helps people understand the differences between Renaissance and Mannerist art, see how Post-Impressionists branched off from their Impressionist forebears, decode the myriad "isms" of twentieth century art, and get a handle on the eclectic contemporary art scene. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white reproductions throughout as well as 16 pages of color images, Art History For Dummies is an unbeatable reference for anyone who wants to understand art in its historical context.

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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 20th 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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Item Specifications...

Studio: For Dummies
Pages   434
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2007
Publisher   John Wiley And Sons
Series  For Dummies  
ISBN  0470099100  
ISBN13  9780470099100  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Art History For Dummies?

You can learn a lot!  Sep 22, 2007
I learned more about Art History just reading the Introduction than I have ever known before! I have a big Art History book from my daughter's college class and it was way too complicated and thorough for someone trying to learn without a professor on hand. I would highly recommend this book.
Art History for Dummies  Sep 17, 2007
Jesse Wilders "Art History for Dummies", for me, is a revelation. Art history, to my surprise, can be written clearly, concisely, perceptively and with wit. It's a joy to read. It's fun to peruse. It's 434 pages are divided into 29 chapters, an appendix and an index of about 1500 entries make it easy to use as a reference book. It covers art, photography and architecture from the cave drawings to the present.

The informative text is sprinkled with anecdotes, cartoons, asides and tips. The 200 or so (I didn't count them) illustrations of the paintings and photographs of art and architecture (25 are in high quality color) are carefully chosen to illustrate the matter being discussed. The author often picks less well known examples to add interest and diversity to his book. (But the good old Mona Lisa and the Pantheon are there too.)

Art criticism writing is often as pompous and impenetrable as philosophy. But not this book. It was a labor of love, I think. It should be considered as as a high school text and (perhaps with a different cover and title) for colleges. All public libraries can afford to have a copy or two. I recommend it highly.

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