Understanding Art

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2012 - Art - 624 pages
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UNDERSTANDING ART provides a balanced, fresh approach to art appreciation, incorporating coverage of masterworks from the past and present. Author Lois Fichner-Rathus combines a conversational writing style with exciting images from Rembrandt to Zaha Hadid in order to truly connect with students and to foster understanding of the art that surrounds them in everyday life. The Compare + Contrast feature encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills, through comparisons of works such as The Davids of Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Bernini. Students will be inspired to become as passionate about art as you are! The latest edition features new and expanded sections on religious and world art, green buildings, and conceptual art. There is also new Art Tour for Los Angeles and over 100 new images in the areas of fashion, crafts, industrial design and architecture. A comprehensive, optional, set of online tools makes it easier than ever for students to study and learn the material, regardless of their particular learning styles. It includes an interactive eBook, all images included within the text, video and audio clips, image flashcards, and much more.
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Well balanced in its approach to perception and reality. However, not as broad in all types of art. Was expecting deeper and a more thorough contextual criticism. Does not merit its high price tag.

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Read for Art Appreciation. Really enjoyed this, as it explains and shows examples of artwork throughout history. Read full review

Contents

Preface
About the Author
What is Art?
Visual Elements of Art
Principles of Design
Style Form and Content
Drawing
Painting
The Art of the Ancients
Classical Art Greece and Rome
The Age of Faith
The Renaissance
The Age of Baroque
NonWestern Perspectives
Modern Art
The Twentieth Century The Early Years

Printmaking
Imaging Photography Film Video and Digital Arts
Sculpture
SiteSpecific Art
Architecture
Craft and Design
The Twentieth Century Postwar to Postmodern
Art in the TwentyFirst Century A Global Perspective
Glossary
Credits
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Lois Fichner-Rathus is Professor of Art in the Art Department of The College of New Jersey. She holds a combined undergraduate degree in fine arts and art history, an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, and a Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include contemporary art, feminist art history and criticism, and modern art and architecture. She has authored grants, contributed to books, curated exhibitions, published articles in professional journals, and exhibited her large-format photographic prints. She is also the author of UNDERSTANDING ART, Tenth Edition, and FOUNDATIONS OF ART AND DESIGN. She resides in New York.

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