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Art History For Dummies

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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, a ...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by For Dummies
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Feb 26, 2016 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Yesterday, Christine and I visited the Royal Acadamy to see the exhibition "Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse". I have never been one for Art; that is to say, I have never really 'got it.' I fell into the trap of criticising Art and those who enjoy it, probably as a defence mechanism, I have a bad habit of mocking those things I don't understand.

Knowing I was attending the exhibition, it was a Valentine's gift for Christine, I decided to read "The History of Art: For Dummies." Writte
Jan 24, 2015 Andy rated it it was ok
The book was light, fun, and not terribly informative. What little information that was there didn't stick because the author tried to cover so many artists, he was forced to omit examples of their work. You cannot learn about great paintings without looking at the paintings.
Nov 22, 2015 Anita rated it really liked it
It was a very comprehensive book on art history. It mentioned many artists I knew and didn't know. The author writing style was informative, but not boring. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.
Aug 31, 2015 Dgg32 rated it it was amazing
A quick intro into art history. For more detail, refer to Amazon recommendations.
Alex Kartelias
Jul 27, 2014 Alex Kartelias rated it really liked it
Does a good job giving a overall review of all the artistic movements and periods. Even though the information isn't as detailed as a art history textbook, if you want a quick read on the history of western art, this is a excellent and fun book to read.
Apr 16, 2011 Jimmie rated it really liked it
I know what you are thinking, but this was an informative foundation
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Nov 04, 2012 Teodora Nikolova rated it really liked it
Simple and very readable. Useful for beginners in art history.
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“Throughout the Middle Ages, art and architecture had a spiritual mission: to direct man’s attention toward God. Churches soared in that direction, and sculpture and paintings pointed the way to paradise. They depicted the sufferings of Christ, the Apostles, martyrs, the Last Judgment, and so on.” 0 likes
“Many 18th- and 19th-century artists rejected, criticized, or ignored the Industrial Revolution. Instead of uplifting man, industry seemed to demoralize and dehumanize him. Men, women, and children were forced to work 14 hours a day, 6 days a week in urban factories, without benefits or vacations. Factories polluted the cities, alienated man from the soil, and seemed to benefit only those who owned them. This led many artists to turn to nature or the past or to a make-believe Golden Age when life was beautiful and just. It provoked others to try to reform society through their art.” 0 likes
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