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Art History: A Critical Introduction to Its Methods

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This book provides a lively and stimulating introduction to methodological debates within art history. Offering a lucid account of approaches from Hegel to post-colonialism, the book provides a sense of art history's own history as a discipline from its emergence in the late-eighteenth century to contemporary debates.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 30th 2006 by Manchester University Press (first published 2006)
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This book is getting a 5 star rating not for critical theory itself (which I pretty much loathe in the the abstract!), but because it is a really clear introduction to a lot of different theory. I've just done a (compulsory) course in art theory as part of my degree, and honestly I feel like this book is more useful than the lecture series was! It really helps explain how theories which weren't originally related to art, e.g. Marxism or psychotherapy, can be related to art, as well as outlining ...more
Wendy Crittenden
i think that hatt and klonk are good and laying out the methods of looking at art very well. helping me, and co-learners, understand the articles we read in class by the actual art historians who use the methods. thanks h&k!
Oh, I crammed for an exam with this little gem. Covers the major occurances in the development of Art History as a discipline, and its surprisingly an easy read. Well, I think so anyway.
I'll say I'm finished with this, since it's really a reference book for school, anyway. Very useful and succinct, which is a rare quality in art historical theory.
Michelle Demeter
A great introduction to various methods used in art history. Very concise and easy to follow.
Oct 16, 2014 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in art criticism
Shelves: history
A very easy read considering the amount of relatively difficult concepts!
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Nice introduction to different art theories and methods.
Mark Ellis
This book is truly brilliant
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