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Posted by Melissa Jeffrey on 1/30/2010
This book made understanding art easy. I especially enjoyed the cd rom that came with it, which gave interactive ''flash cards'' to help me memorize dates, artists, media, and famous (and not so famous) works.
Posted by Nydia I Seaton on 6/2/2003
Beautiful book! The art pictures are great! I am learning alot!
Posted by Daddy's Momma on 6/26/2009
I recently had to purchase this book for a correspondence class on art appreciation. My teacher however failed to list the edition I needed to buy so all of her questions and such do not correspond with any of the figures featured in my textbook. Anyways, I looked at this book with my kids for about 2 hours when it first came in the mail. I love the color reproduction and all the background info given on all the pieces. I only gave it four stars because the author has a tendency to tell you what you should be feeling when looking at each work while I would like to form my own opinion.
A great start for beginner art enthusiasts
Posted by Anonymous on 3/5/2001
I went to a multimedia school where I took a class on the fundamentals of art & design. Understanding Art was the required text book. Little would I know that I would still be talking about Understanding Art and recommending it for years after that class! (Just don't let my teacher know that!)
The book takes you throughout the history of art, starting from the earliest forms, throughout the middle ages, native traditional art, to the renaissance, to post modernism, to surrealism, to art deco, bauhaus, dada, and everything else. There isn't a form of art that isn't covered and illustrated, which is extremely beneficial, as you truly do learn how art forms evolved throughout the years. Another benefit to this book is that it covers the different medias in art - sculpture, paintings, print, masks, archetecture, and more.
The photographs of the artwork are present throughout the book, and the text gives you insight and background knowledge of each art era that you wouldn't otherwise see. One might usually associate art history text as boring and monotonous, but this is not the case. The text is informative and exciting to read all at the same time.
It's a great book for someone who's starting out in art history, but even long-time art fans will enjoy it too.