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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.
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:
Art History For Dummies is an unbeatable reference for anyone who wants to understand art in its historical context.
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