Guide to Art: A Handy Reference to Artists, Their Works, and Artistic Movements from the Fourteenth Century to the Present Day

Guide to Art: A Handy Reference to Artists, Their Works, and Artistic Movements from the Fourteenth Century to the Present Day

by Sandro Sproccati
     
 

Clear, concise, and extensively illustrated, A Guide to Art provides an accessible introduction to an often daunting subject. Here, beginners can explore the history of art as a whole or analyze individual works in detail; learn about specific artists or discover the various schools of art. And, readers already familiar with the subject will find the book to be a…  See more details below

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Clear, concise, and extensively illustrated, A Guide to Art provides an accessible introduction to an often daunting subject. Here, beginners can explore the history of art as a whole or analyze individual works in detail; learn about specific artists or discover the various schools of art. And, readers already familiar with the subject will find the book to be a convenient reference, as it offers a fully rounded look at the last seven hundred years of Western artistic development. A Guide to Art focuses on the major art-historical movements, concentrating on well-known artists and their works. Beginning in the fourteenth century, when the foundations of what we now see as modern art were established, the entire course of Western art history is treated, right up to the present. Each period is examined in a multilayered approach: compact yet highly informative historical essays appear alongside relevant color illustrations. Adjoining the text for easy reference are biographies of major artists and chronological tables summarizing important events in politics, literature, music, and philosophy as well as in art. Each chapter also includes a box spotlighting a topic of particular interest. Thus, with all the pertinent information at hand, readers can approach any period, movement, or artist easily. Also included are appendices for further information, a glossary of art-historical terms, a list of the world's principal art museums with a description of their most important holdings, and an index of artists. Stimulating, informative, logically organized, and beautifully designed and produced. A Guide to Art is both the perfect introduction to art and a convenient handbook for more knowledgeable artlovers.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book offers ten-page summaries on periods, styles, and movements that have animated Western art since Giotto. The text is not bad but is super-summary in nature, with 600 inferior-to-worse teenie-weenie illustrations, some comparative timelines, potted 50-word biographies, an omissive list of 26 great museums, and an absurd two-page glossary. Although it has been well translated from the Italian original, this is still not a satisfactory purchase for libraries; use H.W. Janson's History of Art or other similar survey for better pictures and fuller text and context.-- Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
Zom Zoms
This chronologically arranged handbook covers art movements and major artists in Europe and North America from Giotto in the fourteenth century through the 1980s. Originally written in Italian under the editorship of a lecturer in modern art at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts, the book focuses is overwhelmingly on painters and paintings, although sculpture and architecture are included Intended for readers unfamiliar with the history of art, topics from the mid-nineteenth century to the present are given conscious emphasis because they are the "least familiar to the reader." Each chapter of the guide is a concise, straightforward historical essay supported by color illustrations of representative art works. The more than 600 illustrations are small but clear, and the color quality generally is good. In each chapter three features supplement the essays: brief biographical notes on the major artists mentioned in the text, a sidebar devoted to a pertinent theme or topic (theory of perspective, Gothic revival, tautology, etc.), and a synoptic chart relating contemporary happenings in art, political history, music, literature, religion, and philosophy Two appendixes and an index conclude the guide. The first appendix is a directory providing brief historical information on the basic collections of 26 great art museums in the Western world. (The five U.S. museums are the Metropolitan, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the National Gallery, and the Philadelphia Museum.) The second appendix is a small glossary of 27 miscellaneous terms ("catharsis", "drip painting", "koine", etc.). While these two appendixes may aid the casual reader, reference librarians will turn to standard directories of museums and dictionaries of art terms. Of more value is the index of artists, where more than 800 artists are listed with references to the text and illustrations "A Guide to Art" is a clearly written handbook, but it is not a first-purchase item for reference collections. It will be a valuable title in the circulating collections of many public and college libraries serving museum goers and newcomers to the world of art.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810933668
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.25(d)

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