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Art History for Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Mankind in the Looking Glass: Art History 101. Chapter 1: Art Tour through the Ages. Chapter 2: Why People Make Art and What It All Means. Chapter 3: The Major Artistic Periods and Movements. Part II: From Caves to Colosseum: Ancient Art. Chapter 4: Magical Hunters and Psychedelic Cave Artists. Chapter 5: Fickle Gods, Warrior Art, and the Birth of Writing: Mesopotamian Art. Chapter 6: One Foot in the Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Art. Chapter 7: Greek Art, the Olympian Ego, and the Inventors of the Modern World. Chapter 8: Etruscan and Roman Art: It?s All Greek to Me! Part III: Art after the Fall of Rome: a.d. 500?a.d. 1760. Chapter 9: The Graven Image: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art. Chapter 10: Mystics, Marauders, and Manuscripts: Medieval Art. Chapter 11: Born-Again Culture: The Early and High Renaissance. Chapter 12: Venetian Renaissance, Late Gothic, and the Renaissance in the North. Chapter 13: Art That?ll Stretch Your Neck: Mannerism. Chapter 14: When the Renaissance Went Baroque. Chapter 15: Going Loco with Rococo. Part IV: The Industrial Revolution and Artistic Devolution: 1760?1900. Chapter 16: All Roads Lead Back to Rome and Greece: Neoclassical Art. Chapter 17: Romanticism: Reaching Within and Acting Out. Chapter 18: What You See Is What You Get: Realism. Chapter 19: First Impressions: Impressionism. Chapter 20: Making Their Own Impression: The Post-Impressionists. Part V: Twentieth-Century Art and Beyond. Chapter 21: From Fauvism to Expressionism. Chapter 22: Cubist Puzzles and Finding the Fast Lane with the Futurists. Chapter 23: What You See Is What You Don?t Get: From Nonobjective Art to Abstract Expressionism. Chapter 24: Anything-Goes Art: Fab Fifties and Psychedelic Sixties. Chapter 25: Photography: From a Science to an Art. Chapter 26: The New World: Postmodern Art. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 27: Ten Must-See Art Museums. Chapter 28: Ten Great Books by Ten Great Artists. Chapter 29: Ten Brushstrokes That Shook the World. Appendix: Online Resources. Index.

About the Author

Jesse Bryant Wilder holds a MAT (Masters in Teaching) and a MA in Literature and is the founder, publisher and editor of NEXUS, a series of interdisciplinary textbooks used in high schools around the country. He has written several textbooks on art and art history and was an art critic for the Plain Dealer.

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