Art history books


History of Art students starting college or university courses can find books on their reading lists including the popular 'World History of Art' and other common texts as well as guides on writing about art.


+Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series
Examines the social implications and psychological impact of the images and conventions of modern and classical artists.

+A Short Guide to Writing about Art (Short Guide Series)
Discusses style in art and style in writing, helping students generate ideas for papers as well as showing them how to analyze works of art.

+A World History of Art
A World History of Art by Hugh Honour and John Fleming features on the reading lists of universities for first year students of History of Art courses as an introductory survey text covering a broad spectrum of art history.

+Art and Its Histories: A Reader
A presentation of 89 texts that have played a role in shaping modern judgements and values about art.

+Art History and Its Methods: A Critical Anthology
Approaches to the history of art are probably more varied - and more debated - than in any other branch of history, and a study of different historical approaches is becoming an increasingly important component of many academic courses.

+Art in Modern Culture: An Anthology of Critical Texts (Open University Set Book)
This reader for the Open University's course on Modern Art: Practices and Debates presents a selection of key texts, including classic works from the 1930s to the 1960s, alongside contemporary writings, that introduce the reader to many issues.

+Art in Theory 1648-1815: An Anthology of Changing Ideas
This volume provides a wide-ranging and comprehensive collection of documents on the theory of art from the founding of the French Academy until the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

+Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas
The book offers comprehensive representation of the theories which underpinned developments in the visual arts during the 20th century.

+Art in Theory, 1815-1900
Art in Theory 1815-1900 provides the most wide-ranging and comprehensive collection of documents ever assembled on nineteenth-century theories of art.

+Collins Big Book of Art
by David G. Wilkins

+Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox
On a journey that takes her from Afghanistan to the Australian outback, to ancient caves in China and the saffron harvest in Spain, Victoria Finlay gives an account of the history of colour.

+Concepts of Modern Art: From Fauvism to Postmodernism (World of Art)
The 3rd revised and enlarged edition of this introduction to modern art in the World of Art series, which now includes a new essay, Postmodernism and the Art of Identity which brings the story of modern art right up to the present.

+Craftsman's Handbook
Translated by David V. Thompson Jr. My favourite amusing excerpt from The Craftsman's Handbook is: "HOW YOU SHOULD REGULATE YOUR LIFE IN THE INTERESTS OF DECORUM AND THE CONDITION OF YOUR HAND..."

+From David to Ingres: Early 19th-century French Artists (New Grove Art)
"Early 19th century French Artists" draws together biographies of 325 artists who worked in one of the most exciting and dramatic political eras in France, when Paris became the artistic capital of Europe.

+History of Art: 1
by H.W. Janson & Anthony F. Janson

+History of Art: A Students' Handbook
This edition introduces the reader to the kinds of practices, challenges, questions and writings they will encounter in history of art.

+Learning to Look at Paintings
This volume is a guide to the study and appraisal of paintings, drawings and prints. It provides a practical analysis of works of art through an understanding of the visual ingredients of composition, space, form, tone and colour.

+Modernity and Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century (Modern Art, Practices & Debates)
This volume is part of a four-volume series about art and its interpretation in the 19th and 20th centuries. The books provide a valuable introduction to modern European and American art and criticism.

+The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology (Oxford History of Art)
What is art history? Why, how, and where did it originate, and how have its aims and methods changed over time? This anthology is a guide to understanding art history through a critical reading of the field's key texts over the past two centuries.

+The Great Artists: From Giotto to Turner
A perfect introduction for anyone interested in the rich history of Western Art. Great Artists takes its readers on a journey through the history of art, beginning in the thirteenth century with Giotto, and ending in the twentieth century with Picasso.



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