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Look! the Fundamentals of Art History,9780131745056

Look! the Fundamentals of Art History

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0131745050
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2007
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Prentice Hall
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Summary

This handbook is designed to accompany the major textbooks used in the art history survey, presenting various methods for analysis of art as well as extensive tips on writing about art.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7(1)
Introduction How to use this book 8(3)
Chapter 1 Introducing art history
What do art historians do? The object of art history
11(5)
What is "art"?
A working definition of art
What is "history"?
Why is art history important?
16(2)
Art history and related disciplines
18(4)
Art criticism
Sociology
Anthropology
Aesthetics
Cultural studies
Visual culture studies
Connoisseurship
Art history's toolbox: formal and contextual analysis
22(4)
Reading captions for information
23(3)
Conclusion
26(1)
Chapter 2 Formal analysis
Formal analysis
27(1)
Formal elements
28(3)
Color
Line
Space and mass
Scale
Composition
Two-dimensional art: painting, graphic arts, photography
31(5)
Wölfflin and formal analysis
34(2)
Sculpture
36(3)
Architecture
39(1)
Installation art
40(1)
Performance art
41(2)
Digital art
43(2)
Textile and decorative arts
45(1)
Conclusion
46(1)
Chapter 3 Contextual analysis
Art and context
47(1)
Contextual questions
48(3)
Art out of context? Museums and art history
51(4)
A brief history of museums
Museums and the experience of art
The process of interpretation: confronting your assumptions
55(8)
The challenges of cross-cultural interpretation
The challenges of historical interpretation
Is African art anonymous?
59(4)
Art and its controversies
63(3)
Style and meaning
66(2)
Conclusion
68(1)
Chapter 4 Writing art-history papers
Structuring art-historical arguments: interpretation vs. opinion
69(2)
Formal-analysis papers
71(8)
Taking notes
Structuring your paper
The comparison paper
Research papers
79(8)
Developing a topic and starting your research
Keeping notes
How many sources should I use?
86(1)
Resources for research
87(6)
Books
Periodicals
Websites
Reference works
Critical moments in art-history writing
93(10)
Developing a thesis
Writing an introductory paragraph
Sustaining the argument
Dealing with intentions
The conclusion
Editing
Citations and bibliographies
103(7)
MLA citations
Chicago citations
Bibliography or Works Cited
Plagiarism's gray zone
If you experience writer's block
107(3)
Writing style
110(3)
Common stylistic pitfalls of art-history writing
Finding a voice
Putting together (those damned) illustrations
112(1)
Conclusion
113(1)
Chapter 5 Navigating art-history examinations
Slide identifications and short-answer questions
114(10)
Why are slide identifications important?
Why are slide identifications so hard?
How to succeed at slide identifications
Three-step slide memorization
Memory aids
Unknowns
Test-taking strategies for art-history exams
122(2)
Art-history essays
124(11)
Studying for essay tests
Types of essay questions
Effective note-taking
135(3)
Taking good notes in class
Developing a consistent short hand
Taking notes on readings
Class participation — why bother?
137(1)
Conclusion
138(1)
Chapter 6 Art history's own history
Ancient world
139(2)
Excerpt from Pliny's Natural History
140(1)
Middle Ages
141(1)
Renaissance
142(4)
Excerpt from Vasari's Lives of the Artists
144(2)
Age of Enlightenment
146(3)
Winckelmann on the Laocotin
147(2)
The nineteenth century: foundations of modern art history
149(3)
Twentieth-century formalists, iconographers, and social historians
152(2)
After 1970: the "new" art history
154(5)
The feminist art-history revolution
156(3)
Do other cultures practice art history?
159(4)
China
West Africa
Early art history in China
160(3)
Conclusion
163(1)
Glossary 164(2)
Bibliography 166(5)
Table of parallel illustrations in art-history surveys 171(2)
Index 173(3)
Picture credits 176


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