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Art: A Brief History (4th Edition)

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For courses in Art History, World Art, Art Appreciation.

Art: A Brief History provides students with the most student-friendly, contextual, and inclusive art history survey text on the market. The most popular choice for the one-semester survey market, Art: A Brief History is a condensation of the best-seller, Art History.

This new edition of Art: A Brief History is

Paperback, 656 pages
Published October 12th 2009 by Pearson (first published January 1st 1999)
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Last year I originally took Art History because it was an art requirement. I had taken a ceramics class the year before and realized that not only can I not make ceramic materials well, but I didn't really enjoy it. But when I got into Art History, I realized that I could appreciate art all day. I know it may seem silly that I'm reviewing an Art History textbook, but this one of my favorite textbooks I've ever had. The amazing detail and the interesting facts the textbook gave made Art History s ...more
I was never that much into art until one day an artist friend said to me:

Corrine: Kellie, let me explain it to you this way: art is a physical manifestation of the artists opinion, emotion, desire, hunger...what have you. You are not a plebeian if you don't like a piece of art. That is not it's purpose. Art has only one purpose: to make you FEEL something. Anger, happiness, disgust, desire, sadness, elation. If you, as an observer, feel ANYTHING, then the artist has done his or her job.

Oh, that
Shannon Thompson
I read this for my art history class at the University of Kansas. Very interesting and informative, but - at times - confusing in the orders of sections within a chapter. The examples are sometimes half a chapter ahead or behind itself, which made it difficult to flip back and forth through that and the comprehension questions. Other than that, easy to follow.
Ultra-Readable. An excellent, high-quality textbook. One of the best I've read. It has as many beautiful, glossy images as you could wish for in an art history book and the writing is very enjoyable.
Ainsley Thrasher
This of course was a book for school, but I always find myself going back to it to remind myself of things because it has a lot of good works and artists in it.
Morgan Oats
Honors Art Appreciation
Professor: Tracy Bays-Boothe
Fall 2012
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