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- Annotated Arch : A Crash Course in the History of Architecture, The
by Carol Strickland, Patty Brown (Editor), Toby Greenberg
- Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern, The
by Carol Strickland, John Boswell
- Art History & Appreciation Activities Kit: Ready-To-Use Lessons, Slides, and Projects for Secondary Students/Book and Slides
Helen D. Hume
From the Back Cover
A complete resource for teaching art history and appreciation through hands-on activities that can be done in a classroom or art studio. Provides 88 student projects with over 100 reproducible handouts and worksheets and 40 color slides of famous artworks. 12 sections cover both Western and non-Western art from the Ancient World to today. Complete teacher background, slide script, and useful appendices included.
- Art Smart!: Ready-To-Use Slides and Activities for Teaching Art History and Appreciation
by Susan, Rodriguez
From the Back Cover
A complete, sequential art history and appreciation curriculum for grades 3-9. Includes 40 full color, museum- quality slides of art masterpiecs, 94 ready-to-use art activities, and ART SMART Chart that explains each period of art, and reproducible calendar pages for each month featuring the birthdays of major artists.
- Art: A New History
by Paul Johnson
In Art: A New History, Paul Johnson turns his great gifts as a world historian to a subject that has enthralled him all his life: the history of art. This narrative account, from the earliest cave paintings up to the present day, has new things to say about almost every period of art. Taking account of changing scholarship and shifting opinions, he draws our attention to a number of neglected artists and styles, especially in Scandinavia, Germany, Russia and the Americas.
Paul Johnson puts the creative originality of the individual at the heart of his story. He pays particular attention to key periods: the emergence of the artistic personality in the Renaissance, the new realism of the early seventeenth century, the discovery of landscape painting as a separate art form, and the rise of ideological art. He notes the division of 'fashion art' and fine art at the beginning of the twentieth century, and how it has now widened.
Though challenging and controversial, Paul Johnson is not primarily a revisionist. He is a passionate lover of beauty who finds creativity in many places. With 300 colour illustrations, this book is vivid, evocative and immensely readable, whether the author is describing the beauty of Egyptian low-relief carving or the medieval cathedrals of Europe, the watercolours of Thomas Girtin or the utility of Roman bridges ('the best bridges in history'), the genius of Andrew Wyeth or the tranquility of the Great Mosque at Damascus, the paintings of Ilya Repin or a carpet-page from the Lindisfarne Gospels. The warmth and enthusiasm of Paul Johnson's descriptions will send readers hurrying off to see these wonders for themselves.
- Art: The World's Greatest Paintings Explored and Explained
by Robert Cumming
- Arts and Art History: Interactive Adventure Units on CD-ROM
by Learning Launchers
Impressionists, Creative Dance, Theatre Arts, World Puppetry, Holiday Crafts, Early Renaissance, Elizabethan Renaissance, The Italian High Renaissance, Classical Music, Composers, Biography: John Audubon
- Discovering Great Artists : Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters
by MaryAnn F. Kohl, Kim Solga, Rebecca Van Slyke (Illustrator)
- Great Artists: The Lives of 50 Painters Explored Through Their Work
by Robert Cumming
A benchmark for intelligent, engaging nonfiction, this superbly designed book is written and illustrated with a lushness that takes the breath away. Robert Cumming is chairman of Christie's education department: he knows his art history. But he also knows how to seduce you with the sheer beauty of the material, and the well-placed pointer to telling details. Fifty double-page spreads cover artists from da Vinci and Rubens to Monet, Picasso, and Pollock. Each spread is a concentrated master-class on the life, the style, and the influence. Check out the luminous full-color reproductions of "Bacchus" and "The Conversion of St. Paul," then read the opening sentence above them--"One of the few great artists to have a criminal record, Caravaggio was violent, loutish, and frequently under arrest"--and see if you can resist the temptation to read on. Great Artists is a dream of a book that adults and their older children will fight over. (Ages 12 to adult) --Richard Farr
- History of Art for Young People
by H. W. Janson, Anthony F. Janson (Contributor)
- Lives of the Artists : Masterpieces, Messes (And What the Neighbors Thought)
by Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)
- Rape of the Masters, The: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art
by Roger Kimball
Colleges and universities used to teach art history to encourage connoisseurship and acquaint students with the riches of our artistic heritage. But now, as Roger Kimball reveals in this witty and provocative book, the student is less likely to learn about the aesthetics of masterworks than to be told, for instance, that Peter Paul Rubens' great painting Drunken Silenus is an allegory about anal rape. Or that Courbet's famous hunting pictures are psychodramas about "castration anxiety." Or that Gauguin's Manao tupapau is an example of the way repression is "written on the bodies of women." Or that Jan van Eyck's masterful Arnolfini Portrait is about "middle-class deceptions ... and the treatment of women." Or that Mark Rothko's abstract White Band (Number 27) "parallels the pictorial structure of a pieta." Or that Winslow Homer's The Gulf Stream is "a visual encoding of racism."
In "The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art," Kimball, a noted art critic himself, shows how academic art history is increasingly held hostage to radical cultural politics--feminism, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, the whole armory of academic antihumanism. To make his point, he describes how eight famous works of art (reprinted here as illustrations) have been made over to fit a radical ideological fantasy. Kimball then performs a series of intellectual rescue operations, explaining how these great works should be understood through a series of illuminating readings in which art, not politics, guides the discussion.
"The Rape of the Masters" exposes the charlatanry that fuels much academic art history and leaks into the art world generally, affecting galleries, museums and catalogues. It also provides an engaging antidote to the tendentious, politically motivated assaults on our treasured sources of culture and civilization.
- Rembrandt and 17th Century Holland : The Dutch nation and its painters
by Claudio Pescio, Sergio (Illustrator), Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn
Rembrandt van Rihn defines an entire era of remarkable painting both for his innovation in interpretation and his adventurous technique. His many portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, and historical pieces demonstrate his singular talent as a painter and engraver, and reveal much about the man himself. This book looks at Rembrandt's life and art during a great period of culture and enlightenment that produced fellow artists Hals and Vermeer, and the philosopher Spinoza. Rembrandt lived during a "Golden Age" in seventeenth-century Holland. Travel back in time and discover the fascinating history of the period and the masterworks that have awed generations.
- Sister Wendy's Story of Painting
Sister Wendy Beckett
For those who've enjoyed the original, the good news is that the new edition of The Story of Painting has grown by more than 300 pages of photographs--magnified close-ups of details from nearly half the 450 paintings in the book. Fauvist paint strokes become mighty slabs; sparkling light on a Dutch still life is revealed as a series of tiny dots; the cheeks of a young man in an Italian Renaissance portrait betray a touch of five o'clock shadow. This kind of close looking is seductive, and it's an important part of Sister Wendy's direct, unpretentious approach to art. As a history of painting, Sister Wendy's book has its strong points (works with religious or spiritual themes and those that lend themselves to psychological interpretation) as well as its lapses (a very skimpy discussion of Cubism and inadequate treatment of works from the late 20th century). Even the title is a bit of a misnomer. The painting in question is purely Western; there is nothing here about Indian or Persian miniatures, or the great tradition of Chinese landscapes.But what Sister Wendy alone offers are vivid, personal interpretations that come from a deep well of emotional sympathy with works of art. Who else would notice the way the bagpiper in The Wedding Feast by Pieter Breughel "stares at the porridge with the longing of the truly hungry"? Who else would point out how Venus--the "older woman" pleading with "virile" Adonis not to go off to war in Titian's "Venus and Adonis"--shows us "her superb back and buttocks, beguilingly rounded, full of promise." Rather than portraying Western art as the dutiful production of "masterpieces," she revels in the physicality of paint and the variety of human experience these works represent. --Cathy Curtis
- Usborne Art Treasury, The
by Rosie Dickins (Author), Nicola Butler (Contributor)
* Exciting introduction to famous artists and artworks, with simple, practical projects based on the techniques used by the artists.
* Contains 22 famous works by a wide range of artists, including Monet, Van Gogh, Jackson Pollack and Damien Hirst.
* Young artists can create Degas pastel dancers, a Rousseau jungle scene and Van Gogh swirly landscapes amongst other projects.
* Also tells the story behind the works of art and the artists who painted them.