Art History: a very short introduction

Arnold, Dana (2004) Art History: a very short introduction. Oxford Paperbacks Very Short Introductions . Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192801814

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Abstract

This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues using a wide range of well-known examples. It discusses the challenge of using verbal and written language to analyse a visual form. Dana Arnold also examines the many different ways of writing about art, and the changing boundaries of the subject of art history. Topics covered include the canon of Art History, the role of the gallery, 'blockbuster' exhibitions, the emergence of social histories of art (Feminist Art History or Queer Art History, for example), the impact of photography, and the development of Art History using artefacts such as the altarpiece, the portrait, or pornography, to explore social and cultural issues such as consumption, taste, religion, and politics.

Importantly, this book explains how the traditional emphasis on periods and styles originates in western art production and can obscure other critical approaches, as well as art from non western cultures.

Item Type: Book
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Fashion and Interiors
A. > School of Art and Design > Fashion and Interiors > Design and Urban Cultures cluster
Item ID: 10381
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2013 06:59
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2017 15:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10381

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