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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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Rebecca
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
Olga Nikolaeva
Aug 01, 2016 Olga Nikolaeva rated it it was amazing
Clear and very well structured. Even as a short introduction it gives a very good overview of the main art theory issues. Easy to understand and from there read more thoroughly on a particular subject from original works to which Hatt and Klonk address. Also good book to use against those who claim that art history is easy, you just 'blah' about pictures ;)
Wendy Crittenden
Oct 06, 2007 Wendy Crittenden rated it really liked it
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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!
Leah
Sep 03, 2008 Leah rated it really liked it
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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.
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Dec 12, 2012 Allyson rated it really liked it
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.
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