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Oxford University Press
01 February 2020
Art & Architecture; History of Art & Design Styles
Art history encompasses the study of the history and development of painting, sculpture and the other visual arts. In this Very Short Introduction, Dana Arnold presents an introduction to the issues, debates, and artefacts that make up art history. Beginning with a consideration of what art history is, she explains what makes the subject distinctive from other fields of study, and also explores the emergence of social histories of art (such as Feminist Art History and Queer Art History). Using a wide range of images, she goes on to explore key aspects of the discipline including how we write, present, read, and look at art, and the impact this has on our understanding of art history. This second edition includes a new chapter on global art histories, considering how the traditional emphasis on periods and styles in art originated in western art and can obscure other critical approaches and artwork from non-western cultures. Arnold also discusses the relationship between art and history, and the ways in which art can tell a different history from the one narrated by texts.

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By:   Dana Arnold (Professor of Art History University of East Anglia)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 170mm,  Width: 111mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   132g
ISBN:   9780198831808
ISBN 10:   0198831803
Series:   Very Short Introductions
Pages:   168
Publication Date:   01 February 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Acknowledgements Preface List of illustrations 1: What is art history? 2: Writing art history 3: A global art history? 4: Presenting art history 5: Thinking about art history 6: Reading art 7: Looking at art References Further information Glossary Index

Dana Arnold is Professor in Art History at the University of East Anglia, UK. She has published extensively on art and architectural history, especially in relation to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her work has been published into many languages and enjoys a world-wide following.

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