Focusing on the dynamic connections between art history and real life, this introductory survey of Western art history introduces readers to the complexity of issues and approaches that characterize the discipline today in a unique, multi-perspective anthology that covers everything from the power of images to shape the way we know things, to the political and policy debates about the place of the arts in our society.
Pairs short readings of contrasting views on specific issues and themes in art history, helping readers think critically about differences in interpretations and approaches, and realize that in our increasingly visual world, art history is a vital discipline that is closely tied to the most challenging debates in other disciplines and in society at large—including post-modernism, feminism, “political correctness” , multi-culturalism, and censorship. Features readings from many diverse contributors with different backgrounds and experiences—including critics, literary scholars, political figures, journalists, and art historians. Separates readings into classical, medieval, renaissance and baroque, and modern periods.
For art historians and general readers interested in a contemporary and dynamic study of the history of Western art and visual studies.