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A Beginner's Guide to the Humanities
This practical beginner's guide to appreciating and experiencing culture provides a handy introduction to the world of art that teaches students how to observe, enjoy, and analyze the arts. Professor Philip Bishop wrote this book because there was no concise handbook on the market covering the arts as a whole. His text provides a succinct and affordable guide to the arts a ...more
Paperback, 162 pages
Published January 31st 2009 by Pearson
(first published June 28th 2002)
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This review is of the 3rd edition. This is a tiny book (small in size, 156 pages). There are nine short chapters (intro., painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theater, opera and musical theater, dance, and film), each with a brief intro. followed by several pages of defined terms, organized into mini-glossaries. There are a few photos (all black and white) and several helpful illustrations. As far as text goes, it is truly "bare bones." It's a good choice for instructors who like to supplem ...more
This is a very quick guide that teaches you the fundamentals of "seeing." Going through this guide, I have learned how to appreciate art and what to look for when observing everything from paintings to buildings. It's not going to make you an expert on all things humanities, but it's an adequate start that will help you learn to appreciate the beauty in everything.