This book is used as a text book for a course for a course I am taking at George Mason University, Introduction to the Visual Arts. As a text book, it does a good job of helping me review what the professor has presented in class. It has wonderful photographs of important works of art, and it has good descriptions of how each piece of art was created. As I write this review, we are only half way through the course and the book, but I have found one error. This concerns printmaking and the way drypoint is created, hardly a major catastrophe, but it does make me wonder if there are other minor errors about technical process.
I am enjoying the book, which is well written and well illustrated. If you want to learn how to look at art, how to tell if a piece is good or not, how to appreciate the process of creating art, this book does a very good job.
Like many text books today, the price of this book is outrageous. Because it has just been published, I was unable to buy it used, but I advise anyone who can to do that.
About the Author
Debra J. DeWitte is an art historian who specializes in nineteenth-century French art. She was educated at the University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington and has developed an online art appreciation course that won a Platinum Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in 2008.
Ralph M. Larmann teaches art at the University of Evansville. He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from James Madison University. He is a past president of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and author of two popular websites, Art Studio Chalkboard and Figure Drawing Lab.
M. Kathryn Shields is an art historian who teaches at Guilford College. She received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kathryn specializes in modern and contemporary and Pre-Columbian art.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 630 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (October 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500289565
- ISBN-13: 978-0500289563
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches