5th Edition

History of Art
A Student's Handbook

ISBN 9780415639248
Published May 14, 2014 by Routledge
182 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

This fully revised edition of the History of Art: A Student's Handbook introduces students to the kinds of practices, challenges, questions and writings they will encounter in studying the history of art.

Marcia Pointon conveys the excitement of Art History as a multi-faceted discipline addressing all aspects of the study of media, communication and representation. She describes and analyses different methods and approaches to the discipline, explaining their history and their effects on the day-to-day learning process. She also discusses the relationship of Art History to related disciplines including film, literature, design history and anthropology.

The fifth edition of this classic text includes:

  • • information on why Art History is important and relevant in today’s world
  • guidance on choosing a degree course
  • case studies of careers pursued by Art History graduates
  • advice on study skills and reading methods
  • a bibliography and further reading
  • detailed up to date advice on electronic resources and links to essential websites

History of Art covers academic, training and vocational aspects of Art History, providing a wealth of information on the characteristics of courses available and on the relationship between Art History and the world of museums and heritage.

Table of Contents

1. Engaging with Art  2. How art historians work: training and practice  3. Art History as a Discipline  4. The language of Art History  5. Reading Art History  6. And what are you going to do now?

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Marcia Pointon is Senior Research Professor at Norwich University of the Arts, Professor Emeritus in History of Art at the University of Manchester and Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her latest books include Brilliant Effects: A Cultural History of Gem Stones and Jewellery (Yale University Press, 2009), which was awarded the Historians of British Art Book Prize in 2011, and Portrayal: and the Search for Identity (Reaktion Books, 2012).