This is a bestselling and comprehensive introductory textbook that uses a four-part structure to cover all aspects of the visual arts. Beautifully illustrated with more than 1,000 images of art, this dynamic and accessible book will appeal as much to the art enthusiast as to those looking for an outstanding educational resource.
The book includes: - how art is designed - the visual language of art; - how art is made - the media and processes, covering everything from painting and sculpture to graphic design, digital media, film and installations; the history of art, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century and including art from all parts of the world; and major themes that recur across cultures and throughout history. A unique feature, the 'Gateways to Art', uses eight iconic images, examined repeatedly from different points of view (compositional, stylistic, etc.), to stimulate perceptions about how great works are created and take their effect. No other book currently available has such a wide coverage, provided in a modular form that enables students and teachers to learn or teach in a truly flexible way.
Over de auteurs:
Debra J. DeWitte is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art & Art History at the University of Texas/Arlington. Ralph M. Larmann is a Professor of Art at the University of Evansville where he teaches painting and general art courses. Larmann is coauthor of Gateways to Art, published by Thames & Hudson in 2011. Kathryn Shields teaches Art History at Guilford College in North Carolina. She earned her PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research and course interests include masking and masquerade; identity, cultural construction, and beauty in art; the history of photography and visual culture; modern, contemporary, and Precolumbian art.
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