An illustrated tutorial of prehistoric to contemporary world art, from cave paintings to video art installations to digital and Internet media in an easy-to-understand format. This heavily illustrated crash course in art history is revised and updated from the second edition published in 2007. 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 Present takes art education out of the realm of dreary textbooks, demystifies jargon and theory, and makes the history of art movements accessible to beginning art museum-goers - even at a cursory reading. From Stonehenge to the Guggenheim and from African art to Warhol, more than 25,000 years of art is distilled into five sections (prehistoric and medieval, renaissance and baroque, the nineteenth century, modern art, and contemporary art) covering a little more than 230 pages.
Traces the historical and technological development of the arch from the ancient world to the twentieth century, and highlights the arches of the Colosseum, Chartres Cathedral, Monticello, and the Guggenheim Museum.
A revised and updated edition of the best-selling resource for art teachers This time-tested book is written for teachers who need accurate and updated information about the world of art, artists, and art movements, including the arts of Africa, Asia, Native America and other diverse cultures. The book is filled with tools, resources, and ideas for creating art in multiple media. Written by an experienced artist and art instructor, the book is filled with vital facts, data, readings, and other references, Each of the book's lists has been updated and the includes some 100 new lists Contains new information on contemporary artists, artwork, art movements, museum holdings, art websites, and more Offers ideas for dynamic art projects and lessons Diverse in its content, the book covers topics such as architecture, drawing, painting, graphic arts, photography, digital arts, and much more.
“A valuable resource for learning or renewing your art skills... With the book as a guide, my granddaughter and I enjoyed painting watercolors together. Cori Schaff makes the fundamentals fun.” -Carol Strickland, PHD, author of The Annotated Mona Lisa: A crash course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern The world is becoming more visual, inspired by technology that continually provides more ways to communicate visually. New opportunities call on us to improve our visual literacy. That means understanding what we see and being able to communicate it, the very skills this book is designed to help you acquire. Art for All Ages is unique in that it combines quality ”how-to” art instruction with self-discovery in three integrated parts: Recipes for Success The activity lessons in Art for All Ages are time-tested—selected from visual curriculum the author developed over 35-years teaching art in public schools, and privately to adults and multi-generational groups of all ages. Art history is an important component, seamlessly available within the lessons. Essential Ingredients Each Recipe for Success calls for its own Essential Ingredient, one or more art skills that you will use to complete the Recipe’s activity. Adults and adults along with children can dive into the book at any point to find inspiration, choose activities, and acquire skills in fun, “user-friendly” ways. Self-Discovery The author is passionate about nurturing the artists’ experience: an energized focus, feelings of reconnection, and centeredness that are, above all, therapeutic. Gems await you in the book’s Self-Discovery sections. Some chapters, like “Brain Facts & Your Innate Creativity,” unwrap key discoveries. Others are more inspirational, like “Mindfulness, Meditation & Art.” All explore inner benefits that this book invites you to experience. “Art for All Ages is a brilliant resource for anyone wanting to explore art making as a tool for meditation and personal growth—and so much more!” –Whitney Freya, Artist, Author of Rise Above, Free Your Mind One Brush Stroke at a Time Make a well-deserved appointment with yourself to explore your creative capabilities. Make art in the Art for All Ages way and enjoy re-igniting your artistic self.
From prehistoric cave paintings to the Mona Lisa, from Nefertiti to Andy Warhol's Big Campbell's Soup Can 19, this book pairs full-color reproductions of 50 of the world's most celebrated masterpieces with brief, kid-accessible stories about how they were made, who made them and where they fit in the fascinating history of art. Featuring art from Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, organized chronologically, and including timelines and a glossary of art terms, this book is a wonderful overview of art and culture through the ages.
Art history is more than just a collection of dates and foreign-sounding names, obscure movements and arcane isms. Every age, for the last 50,000 years has left its unique imprint on the world, and from the first cave paintings to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from the Byzantine mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, to the graffiti-inspired paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, art history tells the story of our evolving notions of who and what we are and our place in the universe. Whether you’re an art enthusiast who’d like to know more about the history behind your favorite works and artists, or somebody who couldn’t tell a Titian and a De Kooning—but would like to—Art History For Dummies is for you. It takes you on a tour of thirty millennia of artistic expression, covering the artistic movements, major artists, and indispensable masterworks, and the world events and cultural trends that helped spawn them. With the help of stunning black-and-white photos throughout, and a sixteen-page gallery of color images, it covers: The rise and fall of classical art in Greece and Rome The differences between Renaissance art and Mannerism How the industrial revolution spawned Romanticism How and why Post-Impression branched off from Impressionism Constructivism, Dadaism, Surrealism and other 20th century isms What’s up with today’s eclectic art scene Art History For Dummies is an unbeatable reference for anyone who wants to understand art in its historical context.