The Handy Art History Answer Book

by Madelynn Dickerson

The Handy Art History Answer Book … a truly colorful gift.

Bookworm Sez

this well-produced book offers basic information about elements of art and architecture, media employed, and a timeline of world art beginning with Prehistoric (from 35,000 B.C.) and continuing into the present. ... curious art explorers could very well start at the beginning and just devour the entire book; answers to particular questions will most likely lead on to others. ... With Leonardo's beautiful Ginevra de' Benci beckoning from cover and title page, any curious art-lover will find some intriguing information to investigate further.

Children's Literature

Using the series signature question-and-answer format, this title offers 600 entries on the major artists, schools, periods, movements, and techniques of art from all areas of the world. Recommended for junior and senior high school students and adult general readers.

Library Journal
Art of Discovery

Warhol, Michelangelo, and da Vinci. Picasso, Monet, and Rembrandt. What were they thinking when they created their masterworks? While we can't always know an artist's exact thoughts, The Handy Art History Answer Book examines their benefactors, their wealth or poverty, their passions, the politics and the world events that inspired and influenced them. Explore their techniques and materials, the forms, colors and styles, the movements and schools of thoughts, and discover the varied forms and nature of artistic expression.

Discovery of Art

The Handy Art History Answer Book covers everything from Paleolithic images dating back to 35000 B.C.E. to the post-modern techniques of today. It leads you on a tour from the basics and beginnings of art to the various directions that art is heading today. You’ll not only learn about paintings, but also every other medium imaginable, including sculpture, architecture, pottery, photography, installation art, and even film and video games. The nearly 150 color images illustrate artistic concepts and highlight important and memorable artworks.

History of Art

The Handy Art History Answer Book covers all the major periods in art history, including the Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Contemporary, Conceptual, Renaissance, and all the numerous “isms” and movements in between. You’ll discover fascinating facts not only about Western art, but also Islamic art, the Mughal art in India, Pre-Columbian art, African works from the Asante to the Yombe cultures, Japanese woodblock prints, the painting styles of China and Korea, and Native American and Polynesian art, as well.

What is beauty?
What are the Classical Greek Orders of Architecture?
How was single-point perspective invented?
Can a urinal be considered “art”?
What makes the Mona Lisa such a great work of art?
How did Cezanne “astonish Paris with apples?”
Why do Jeff Koons’s balloon animals sell for millions of dollars?

About Madelynn Dickerson

Madelynn Dickerson is an art writer and a former teacher of art history at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She received her master’s degree in art history from the University of Edinburgh.

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

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Quick Facts

  • ISBN: 9781578594177
  • PDF ISBN: 9781578594627
  • Kindle ISBN: 9781578594641
  • ePUB ISBN: 9781578594634
  • Published 2013
  • 304 pages in color
  • 150 photos, drawings and illustrations
  • 6.8 x 9.7" paperback
  • $21.95 ($24.95 Can.)
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