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Thinking About Art: A Thematic Guide to Art History




Thinking About Art: A Thematic Guide to Art History

Penny Huntsman

ISBN: 978-1-118-90517-3 October 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 304 Pages


Thinking about Art explores some of the greatest works of art and architecture in the world through the prism of themes, instead of chronology, to offer intriguing juxtapositions of art and history.

The book ranges across time and topics, from the Parthenon to the present day and from patronage to ethnicity, to reveal art history in new and varied lights.

With over 200 colour illustrations and a wealth of formal and contextual analysis, Thinking about Art is a companion guide for art lovers, students and the general reader, and is also the first A-level Art History textbook, written by a skilled and experienced teacher of art history, Penny Huntsman.

The book is accompanied by a companion website at

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VI Companion Website

VII Acknowledgements

I Introduction

6 Formal Analysis Toolbox

20 Chapter 1 Genres and Subjects

74 Chapter 2 Materials, Techniques and Processes

114 Chapter 3 Form, Style and Function

156 Chapter 4 Social and Historical Contexts

190 Chapter 5 Patronage and the Social and Cultural Status of the Artist

230 Chapter 6 Gender, Nationality and Ethnicity

274 Glossary

289 Index