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Creative Impulse : An Introduction to the Arts,9780131936805

Creative Impulse : An Introduction to the Arts



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This volume presents an overview of the arts in the Western tradition; within the contexts of the philosophy, religion, aesthetic theory, economics, and politics surrounding them. It is an historical introduction to the humanities yielding a basic familiarity with major styles and their implications, as well as a sense of the historical development of individual arts media.Chapters present and discuss a formal analysis of works of art in the following periods: the Ancient World, the Aegean and Archaic Greece, Greek Classicism and Hellenism, the Roman Period, Judaism and Early Christianity, Byzantium and Islam, the Early Middle Ages, the High Middle Ages, Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, the High, Renaissance and Reformation, the Baroque Age, the Enlightenment, the Romantic Age, Realism, Impressionism, Modernism, and Postmodernism.For art history enthusiasts and those interested in a familiarity with major styles and their implications, as well as a sense of the historical development.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Getting Started and Understanding and Evaluating the Arts
Getting Started Two-dimensional Art
Media Composition Elements
Techniques: Linear Perspective Sculpture Dimensionality Texture 2
Techniques: Lost-Wax Casting Architecture Structure Music Genres
Techniques: Musical Notation
Melody and Form Theatre Genres Plot Character
Themes and Ideas Visual Elements Cinema Dance Genres Line, Form, and Repetition
Pronunciation Profiles
Masterwork Maps and Timelines
Chapter Opener
Chapter Review
Cybersources and Examples
Understanding and Evaluating the Arts
Putting the Arts in Context
The Arts and Ways of Knowing What Concerns Art?
Creativity Aesthetic Communication Symbols Fine and Applied Art
The Functions of Art
Entertainment Political and Social Commentary
Therapy Artifact
Evaluating Works of Art
Types of Criticism
Formal Criticism
Contextual Criticism
Deconstruction Making Judgments
Artisanship Communication
The Ancient World
Contexts and Concepts Contexts
The Stone Age Mesopotamia
Ancient Egypt Concepts
Individuality and Symbols
Civilization Religion
Literacy Law
The Arts of the Ancient World Painting
Sculpture Masterwork: The Tell Asmar Statues
Profile: Akhenaton and Nefertiti Architecture
Archaic Greece and the Aegean
Contexts and Concepts
Contexts Minoans Mycenaeans
The Dark Centuries Hellenes Concepts
The Polis Olympian Gods Love of Wisdom
The Arts of Archaic Greece and the Aegean Painting
Geometric Style
Archaic Style
Red- and Black-Figure
Pottery Sculpture
Homer Sappho
Hesiod Aesop
Greek Classicism and Hellenism
Contexts and Concepts Contexts
The Persian War
The Golden Age of Pericles
The Peloponnesian War
The Hellenistic Age Concepts
Historia Sophistry Cynicism and Skepticism
Stoicism and Epicureanism
Mystery Cults
Ethics Aesthetics Plato
Aristotle Classicism and Hellenism
The Arts of the Classical and Hellenistic Ages
Painting Sculpture
Classical Style
Masterwork: Myron Discus
Thrower Late Classical Style
Hellenistic Style
Architecture Masterwork: The Parthenon Theatre Tragedy
Aristotles Theory of Tragedy
Aeschylus Profile: Aeschylus Sophocles
Masterwork:Sophocles Oedipus the King Euripides Tragic Costume Comedy
The Greek Theatre
The Roman Period
Contexts and Concepts Contexts Etruscans
The Roman Republic Military Expansion
The Roman Civil War
The Roman Empire Augustus Pax Romana Concepts
Roman Law
Stoicism Neo-Platonism Divinities and Mystery
Cults Classicism Utilitarianism and Pragmatism
The Arts of the Roman Period
Painting Sculpture Architecture Masterwork: The Pantheon
Theatre Comedy
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