The Handy Art History Answer Book

The Handy Art History Answer Book

by Madelynn Dickerson
     
 


The major art pieces, most important artists, and significant artistic movements from 35,000 BCE to today are collected together in this easy-to-read resource on art history. It leads you on a tour from the basics and beginnings of art to the various directions that art is heading today. You’ll not only learn about paintings, but also every other medium…  See more details below

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The major art pieces, most important artists, and significant artistic movements from 35,000 BCE to today are collected together in this easy-to-read resource on art history. It leads you on a tour from the basics and beginnings of art to the various directions that art is heading today. You’ll not only learn about paintings, but also every other medium imaginable, including sculpture, architecture, pottery, photography, installation art, and even film and video games. The nearly 150 color images illustrate artistic concepts and highlight important and memorable artworks.

Loaded with 800 questions and answers on art principles, techniques, materials, forms, colors and styles, movements, schools of thoughts, evolution and meaning, The Handy Art History Answer Book is a fascinating journey around the world and through the ages. Why do Egyptian figures have two left feet? What is the difference between weaving and tapestry? What happened to the Venus de Milo's arms? What is considered beautiful in Islamic art? How can you recognize "a Michelangelo"? What is the significance of the Aztec eagle-man? How did Cezanne “astonish Paris with apples”? What is the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco? Why do Jeff Koons’s balloon animals sell for millions of dollars?

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"Using the series signature question-and-answer format, this title offers 600 entries on the major artists, schools, periods, movements, and techniques of art from all areas of the world. Recommended for junior and senior high school students and adult general readers." —Marcia G. Welsh, Library Journal

The Handy Art History Answer Book … a truly colorful gift. —The Bookworm Sez

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Most volumes of the "Handy Answer Book" series aim to cover vast areas of knowledge in a question-and-answer format. That method of organization has drawbacks, especially for readers who have little knowledge of the subject presented and don't know what questions to ask. However, as one of the most successful in the series, this well-produced book offers basic information about elements of art and architecture, media employed, and a timeline of world art beginning with Prehistoric (from 35,000 B.C.) and continuing into the present. Dickerson's approach is to include art of diverse civilizations from all continents, including Chinese, Japanese, African, Indian, Islamic, Pacific, and Latin American, as well as traditional Western art. Obviously, not everything can be included; for example, there is very little on Russian art (should that be someone's subject of inquiry) other than brief mentions of icons, Repin (as Russian Realist), Malevich, and Kandinsky—where are Andrei Rublev and his glorious angels? Still, curious art explorers could very well start at the beginning and just devour the entire book; answers to particular questions will most likely lead on to others. Though entries are short, they provide clues for further viewing in specific art books, on the Internet, or at museums. Sections called "Early Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde" and "Contemporary Art, 1960s—Present" are especially helpful for clarifying often-confusing movements and styles. The color photos selected tend to be small, but clearly reproduced (sometimes with too much contrast) on good glossy paper. Though it would be difficult to select favorites, Le Corbusier's concrete Chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Haut, Jasper Johns' bold Three Flags, and the spectacular fifteenth-century mausoleum of Tamerlane are especially eye-catching. With Leonardo's beautiful Ginevra de' Benci beckoning from cover and title page, any curious art-lover will find some intriguing information to investigate further. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Library Journal
Using the series signature question-and-answer format, this title offers 600 entries on the major artists, schools, periods, movements, and techniques of art from all areas of the world. Arranged chronologically (after an introductory chapter explaining art principles and history, such as What is art? What is beauty?) from the art of the ancient world c.5000 BCE-400 BCE to contemporary art from the 1960s to the present, the book provides much fascinating detail. Humor is a welcome extra in entries that ask, for example, "Why do Egyptian figures have two left feet?," "Why is Emperor Comoodus dressed as Hercules?," and "Were there any professional women artists during the 15th and 16th centuries?" Key works of art are depicted in the title's 145 color photos and illustrations, and helpful charts delineate more complex or confusing concepts. VERDICT Recommended for junior and senior high school students and adult general readers.—Marcia G. Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Lib., Hanover, NH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578594177
Publisher:
Visible Ink Press
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Series:
The Handy Answer Book Series
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
289,651
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


Madelynn Dickerson is an art writer and a former teacher of art history at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She received a master of science in history of art: history, theory, and display from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in Los Angeles.

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