Art History by Dana Arnold
A Very Short Introduction

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This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues using a wide range of well-known examples. It discusses the challenge of using verbal and written language to analyse a visual form. Dana Arnold also examines the many different ways of writing about art, and the changing boundaries of the subject of art history. Topics covered include the canon of Art History, the role of the gallery, 'blockbuster' exhibitions, the emergence of social histories of art
(Feminist Art History or Queer Art History, for example), the impact of photography, and the development of Art History using artefacts such as the altarpiece, the portrait, or pornography, to explore social and cultural issues such as consumption, taste, religion, and politics.

Importantly, this book explains how the traditional emphasis on periods and styles originates in western art production and can obscure other critical approaches, as well as art from non western cultures.
 

About Dana Arnold

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Dana Arnold is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Southampton. She has written extensively on art and architectural history and theory. Recent books include Rural Urbanism (2006); Art History: a very short introduction (2004) and the edited volume Rethinking Architectural Historiography (2006)Joanna Sofaer is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. She has published widely on ancient and modern material culture. She is the author of The Body as Material Culture: A Theoretical Osteoarchaeology (2006), and editor of Material Identities (2007).
 
Published January 22, 2004 by Oxford Paperbacks. 144 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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