The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern

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Like music, art is a universal language. Although looking at works of art is a pleasurable enough experience, to appreciate them fully requires certain skills and knowledge." —Carol Strickland, from the introduction to The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern

* This heavily illustrated crash course in art history is revised and updated.

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Overview

Like music, art is a universal language. Although looking at works of art is a pleasurable enough experience, to appreciate them fully requires certain skills and knowledge." —Carol Strickland, from the introduction to The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern

* This heavily illustrated crash course in art history is revised and updated.

This second edition of Carol Strickland's The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern offers an illustrated tutorial of prehistoric to post-modern art from cave paintings to video art installations to digital and Internet media.

* Featuring succinct page-length essays, instructive sidebars, and more than 300 photographs, The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern takes art history out of the realm of dreary textbooks, demystifies jargon and theory, and makes art accessible-even at a cursory reading.

* From Stonehenge to the Guggenheim and from Holbein to Warhol, more than 25,000 years of art is distilled into five sections covering a little more than 200 pages.

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The second edition of Caroline Strickland's brisk, incisive history of world art is a boon for both museum enthusiasts and aspiring artists. The Annotated Mona Lisa provides an engaging, 200-page tour of art from the Paleolithic to the postmodern. An enriching introduction to a subject that can enhance a lifetime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740768729
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 62,874
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Strickland has a doctorate in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the Christian Science Monitor's art critic and contributes feature stories on the arts to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Art and Antiques. She is the author of The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture, The Illustrated Timeline of Art History, and numerous artists' monographs. Carol lives in New York City and Long Island.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Look at a Painting
The Birth of Art: Prehistoric through Medieval 2
Prehistoric Art: The Beginning 4
Mesopotamia: The Architects 6
Egypt: The Art of Immortality 8
Greece: They Invented a Lot More Than the Olympics 12
Rome: The Organizers 16
Pre-Columbian Art of the Americas: New World Art When It Was Still An Old World 20
African Art: The First Cubists 22
The Middle Ages: The Reign of Religion 24
Golden Age of Byzantine Art 24
Romanesque Art: Stories in Stone 26
Gothic Art: Height and Light 28
The Rebirth of Art: Renaissance and Baroque 30
The Renaissance: The Beginning of Modern Painting 32
The Italian Renaissance 34
The Northern Renaissance 40
The Renaissance in the Low Countries 40
The German Renaissance 42
Mannerism and the Late Renaissance 44
The Spanish Renaissance 45
Baroque: The Ornate Age 46
Italian Baroque 47
Flemish Baroque 50
Dutch Baroque 52
English Baroque 57
Spanish Baroque 60
French Baroque 62
Rococo 64
The Nineteenth Century: Birth of the "ISMS" 66
Neoclassicism: Roman Fever 68
French Neoclassicism 69
American Neoclassicism 72
Goya: Man without An "ISM" 74
Romanticism: The Power of Passion 76
French Romanticism 76
English Romanticism 79
American Romanticism and Genre Painting 81
Realism 83
French Realism 84
American Realism 85
Architecture for the Industrial Age 89
Art Nouveau 91
Birth of Photography 92
Impressionism: Let There Be Color and Light 96
Rodin: First Modern Sculptor 110
Post-Impressionism 112
Early Expressionism 123
Symbolism 124
The Birth of Modern Architecture 126
The Twentieth Century: Modern Art 128
Fauvism: Exploding Color 130
Twentieth-Century Sculpture: A New Look 133
Twin Titans of the Twentieth Century: Matisse and Picasso 134
Cubism 138
Modernism Outside of France 139
Futurism 139
Constructivism 140
Precisionism 141
Expressionism 142
Mondrian: Harmony of Opposites 145
Modernist Architecture: Geometry to Live in 146
Dada and Surrealism: Art Between the Wars 148
Photography Comes of Age 152
American Art: 1908-40 154
Abstract Expressionism 158
Figural Expressionism: Not Just a Pretty Face 162
Post-War Sculpture 164
Color Field 166
The Twentieth Century and Beyond: Contemporary Art 168
Hard Edge 170
Pre-Pop Art 172
Pop Art 174
Minimalism: The Cool School 177
Conceptual Art: Invisible Visual Art 178
Contemporary Architecture 180
Photography: What's New 184
Photo-Realism 187
Neo-Expressionism 188
The New Breed: Post-Modern Art 190
Index 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    This is a balanced, clear guide to understanding the basics of Art History. "The Annotated Mona Lisa" may seem light, even compact, yet it covers all the critical corners of the Art History world.

    Unlike the vast tomes of many authoritative voices of Art History, this book is comparatively brief yet never superficial of content, organized yet never montonous of style. It is easily accessible to the beginning student of Art History, as it is complementary ti the inquiries of the mature museum lover.
    Many, if not most of the illustrations are in color, small representations (perhaps my main criticism,) but nevertheless well chosen. The cover alone will lure the reserved student to looking further into the text. Indeed, Strickland's choice of the title is sedcutive in a way, and yet it implies, or even affirms, that the average art viewer thinks of the Mona Lisa when first exposed to studying fine art painting. After all, I have never had a class in which a student fails to pose the inevitable question: "What's so great about the "Mona Lisa"? Yet this author offers answers to the simple questions about art as well as offering sufficient details to prod for further inquiry or research.
    This tome can be a textbook (probably teenage level rather than college) or a faithful companion for the art lover. Perhaps the book's greatest asset is that it is so readable that the reader will want to pursue further into Art History. As a teacher, that is all I desire!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Reads Great, less filling!

    I purchased this book for myself and then as a gift for friends. This is a great introduction into art history without getting stuffy. A nice, breezy style of writing complemented with lush color photography. I enjoyed it enough to reread.

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