An Introduction to Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

An Introduction to Art

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'Read An Introduction to Art and then visit your favourite gallery - I guarantee you won't look at the artworks at the artworks quite the same ever again' - Artists & Illustrators

A clear, and wide-ranging introduction to the arts of painting and sculpture

Covering the entire history of art, from Palaeolithic cave painting to contemporary art, it provides foundational guidance on the basic character and techniques of the different art forms, on the various genres of painting in the Western tradition, and on the techniques of sculpture as they have been practiced over several millennia and across a wide range of cultures. Throughout the book, Harrison discusses the relative priorities of aesthetic appreciation and historical inquiry, and the importance of combining the two approaches.

Written in a style that is at once graceful, engaging, and personal, as well as analytical and exact, this illuminating book offers an impassioned and timely defence of the importance and value of the firsthand encounter with works of art, whether in museums or in their original locations.

  • Author: Charles Harrison
  • Paperback: 344 pages | 250 colour illustrations
  • Date published: March 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300247138
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 17.8 cm

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