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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (10 Sept. 1999)
If you′ve always wanted to find out more about art but felt intimidated by the overeducated art world, then you′ve found the answer. Art For Dummies is the book that will have you and everyone you know clamoring outside the doors of your local museum. Thomas Hoving, former director of New York′s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is credited with revolutionizing the Met, doubling its size during his tenure, and bringing art to the masses. Let him bring art to you as well. In Art For Dummies , Thomas Hoving provides a how–to guide to the art world. First, he guides you through an introduction to art appreciation, pointing out the details that you′ve always noticed but have never been able to explain. Next, Hoving takes you on a ride through art history. (Have you ever regretted not taking those art history classes in school With Art For Dummies , you′ll feel all caught up and ready to spar with the local intellectuals.) Hoving even includes a guide to the world?s top art cities and centers, a listing that can help you prepare for your next artistic voyage. With this guide, you can discover where to go in order to see the greatest works of art, and you can also find out about hidden treasures in nearby art museums. You also get a great start for seeking out art with Hoving′s lists of the greatest works of Western civilization, the most interesting artists, and the contemporary artists to watch. Don′t wait another day to introduce yourself to the art world!
About the Author
Thomas Hoving is the former director of New York′s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the former editor of Connoisseur magazine, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Making the Mummies Dance .
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (8 May 2007)
Art history is more than just a collection of dates and foreign–sounding names, obscure movements and arcane isms. Every age, for the last 50,000 years has left its unique imprint on the world, and from the first cave paintings to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from the Byzantine mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, to the graffiti–inspired paintings of Jean–Michel Basquiat, art history tells the story of our evolving notions of who and what we are and our place in the universe.
Whether you re an art enthusiast who d like to know more about the history behind your favorite works and artists, or somebody who couldn t tell a Titian and a De Kooning but would like to Art History For Dummies is for you. It takes you on a tour of thirty millennia of artistic expression, covering the artistic movements, major artists, and indispensable masterworks, and the world events and cultural trends that helped spawn them. With the help of stunning black–and–white photos throughout, and a sixteen–page gallery of color images, it covers:
The rise and fall of classical art in Greece and Rome
The differences between Renaissance art and Mannerism
How the industrial revolution spawned Romanticism
How and why Post–Impression branched off from Impressionism
Constructivism, Dadaism, Surrealism and other 20th century isms
What s up with today s eclectic art scene
Art History For Dummies is an unbeatable reference for anyone who wants to understand art in its historical context.
About the Author
Jesse Bryant Wilder holds a MAT (Masters in Teaching) and a MA in Literature and is the founder, publisher and editor of NEXUS, a series of interdisciplinary textbooks used in high schools around the country. He has written several textbooks on art and art history and was an art critic for the Plain Dealer.
- Art For Dummies - 1st Edition (1999).epub (60.4 MB)
- Art History For Dummies - 1st Edition (2007).epub (5.7 MB)