From Ancient Egyptian frescoes to the Renaissance masters, from French Impressionists to American Abstract Expressionists, this highly browseable guide embraces all cultures and every style of painting from 4,000 BC to the present. A visually arresting reference for art lovers and students, it provides a truly comprehensive worldwide gazeteer o ... (to read more see "A Look Inside")
Arguing that contemporary art has burst out of the frame that art history has built for it, Belting calls for an entirely new approach to thinking and writing about art. He moves effortlessly between contemporary issues -- the rise of global and minority art and its consequences for Western art history, installation and video art, and the troubled institution of the art museum -- and long-standing questions central to art history's definition of itself, such as the distinction between high and low culture, art criticism versus art history, and the invention of modernism in art history.
In Art: A New History , Paul Johnson turns his great gifts as a world historian to a subject that has enthralled him all his life: the history of art. Taking account of changing scholarship and shifting opinions, he draws our attention to a number of neglected artists and styles, especially in Scandinavia, Germany, Russia and the Americas.
Gardner's survey of Art History has long been a standard survey of the history of Art from Western Civilizations. With the publication of this new series, Gardner's surveying of Art History includes a fuller examination of global arts beyond the previous standard which simply addressed arts of Western Civilization. Included in this 3rd edition of the series are African, Etruscan arts, "Contemporary Art worldwide", South and Southeastern Asian arts, Chinese, Korean, Japanese arts, as well as Native American art histories.
"This prize-winning volume, from internationally-acclaimed art historian Jacques Thuillier, presents the essential achievements in the history of art and looks beyond neatly-labeled art movements." History of Art is the first survey to recognize that the modernization and expansion of museum exhibition space over the past thirty years has increased the subject matter available to general students of Western art.
Originally published in 1764 and here translated into English for the first time, Winckelmann's work is an early systematic history of art in the ancient world. By one of art history's founding fathers, Winckelmann argued as art historian the unique importance of Greek ideals for the modern world, awakening a passion for the classical past that still enlivens the Western cultural imagination.
Readers are introduced to a succession of art styles from prehistoric times and ancient Egypt, to the vast world of Western painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and the minor arts. With a chapter on Islamic art and its relationship to Western art, the focus of the discussion remains on the object, the contribution of the artist as an important part of the narrative of how art has changed over time in the cultures that Europe has defined as its patrimony.
ART, the ultimate visual guide to 2,000 of the world's most revered paintings and sculptures, begins with a short section on how to look at paintings and sculpture, explaining the simple steps of formal analysis that swiftly become automatic and greatly increase and inform your enjoyment of art. The main part of the book is a 540-page chronological look at more than 700 artists. This section is subdivided into the main periods of art history with introductions to each period or art movement that explain the key elements and influences of the time. With several paintings by each (...read more)
Now in paperback, Umberto Eco's groundbreaking and much-acclaimed first illustrated book has been a critical success since its first publication in 2004. What is beauty? Umberto Eco, among Italy's finest and most important contemporary thinkers, explores the nature, the meaning, and the very history of the idea of beauty in Western culture. The profound and subtle text is lavishly illustrated with abundant examples of sublime painting and sculpture and lengthy quotations from writers and philosophers. This is the first paperback edition of History of Beauty, making this intellectual and philosophical journey with one of the world's most acclaimed thinkers available in a more compact and affordable format.