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Art History For Dummies

Wilder, Jesse Bryant


2. Auflage Juni 2022
448 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-86866-8
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Ready to discover the fascinating world of art history? Let's (Van) Gogh!

Fine art might seem intimidating at first. But with the right guide, anyone can learn to appreciate and understand the stimulating and beautiful work of history's greatest painters, sculptors, and architects. In Art History For Dummies, we'll take you on a journey through fine art from all eras, from Cave Art to the Colosseum, and from Michelangelo to Picasso and the modern masters. Along the way, you'll learn about how history has influenced art, and vice versa.

This updated edition includes:
* Brand new material on a wider array of renowned female artists
* Explorations of the Harlem Renaissance, American Impressionism, and the Precisionists
* Discussions of art in the 20th and 21st centuries, including Dadaism, Constructivism, Surrealism, and today's eclectic art scene

Is there an exhibition in your town you want to see? Prep before going with Art History For Dummies and show your friends what an Art Smartie you are.

An unbeatable reference for anyone looking to build a foundational understanding of art in a historical context, Art History For Dummies is your personal companion that makes fine art even finer!

Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started with Art History 5

Chapter 1: Art Tour through the Ages 7

Chapter 2: Why People Make Art and What It All Means 15

Chapter 3: The Major Artistic Movements 21

Part 2: From Caves to Colosseum: Ancient Art 27

Chapter 4: Magical Hunters and Psychedelic Cave Artists 29

Chapter 5: Fickle Gods, Warrior Art, and the Birth of Writing: Mesopotamian Art 37

Chapter 6: One Foot in the Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Art 47

Chapter 7: Greek Art, the Olympian Ego, and the Inventors of the Modern World 63

Chapter 8: Etruscan and Roman Art: It's All Greek to Me! 79

Part 3: Art after the Fall of Rome: ad 500-ad 1760 93

Chapter 9: The Graven Image: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art 95

Chapter 10: Mystics, Marauders, and Manuscripts: Medieval Art 113

Chapter 11: Born-Again Culture: The Early and High Renaissance 137

Chapter 12: Venetian Renaissance, Late Gothic, and the Renaissance in the North 157

Chapter 13: Art That'll Stretch Your Neck: Mannerism 177

Chapter 14: When the Renaissance Went Baroque 193

Chapter 15: Going Loco with Rococo 219

Part 4: The Industrial Revolution Revs Up Art's Evolution: 1760-1900 229

Chapter 16: All Roads Lead Back to Rome and Greece: Neoclassical Art 231

Chapter 17: Romanticism: Reaching Within and Acting Out 247

Chapter 18: What You See Is What You Get: Realism 259

Chapter 19: First Impressions: Impressionism 281

Chapter 20: Making Their Own Impression: The Post-Impressionists 297

Part 5: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Art 313

Chapter 21: From Fauvism to Expressionism 315

Chapter 22: Cubist Puzzles and Finding the Fast Lane with the Futurists 329

Chapter 23: Nonobjective Art: Dada, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism 343

Chapter 24: Anything-Goes Art: Fab Fifties and Psychedelic Sixties 365

Chapter 25: Photography: From Science to Art 381

Chapter 26: The New World: Postmodern Art 393

Part 6: The Part of Tens 407

Chapter 27: Ten Must-See Art Museums 409

Chapter 28: Ten Great Books by Ten Great Artists 413

Index 417
Jesse Bryant Wilder is the founder, publisher, and editor of NEXUS, a series of interdisciplinary textbooks used in high schools around the country. He has written several textbooks on art and art history and was an art critic for The Plain Dealer and