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The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-modern

The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-modern

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By (author) Carol Strickland

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  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 264mm x 15mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Kansas City
  • ISBN 10: 0740768727
  • ISBN 13: 9780740768729
  • Edition: 2, Annotated
  • Edition statement: 2nd annotated edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 46,089

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{rtf1ansiansicpg1252deff0{fonttbl{f0fswissfprq2fcharset0 Arial;}} viewkind4uc1pardlang2057f0fs20 'Like music, art is a universal language. Although looking at works of art is a pleasurable enough experience, to appreciate them fully requires certain skills and knowledge.' par par First published in 1992, this backlist best-seller presents new material including the latest trends since 1990: video art, new media (digital & internet), photo based work, figurative imagery and neo-expressionism, conceptual art, installations, artist cooperative collaborations, and the resurgence of traditional craft in painting (the Leipzig group). It takes art history out of the realm of dreary textbooks, demystifies jargon and theory, and makes art accessible. From Stonehenge to the Guggenheim and from Holbein to Warhol, more than 25,000 years of art is distilled into five sections covering a little more than 200 pages. par par 'I tried to make this book as reader-friendly as possible. No technical jargon, just a basic introduction to the subject of art history. My mandate was to make the important interesting.' par }

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Carol Strickland has a doctorate in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the "Christian Science Monitor"'s art critic and contributes feature stories on the arts to the "New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post," and "Art and Antiques." She is the author of The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture, "The Illustrated Timeline of Art History," and numerous artists' monographs. Carol lives in New York City and Long Island.

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It's a paradox of American culture. Throughout the country, in every major city, art museums stand as our proudest, most venerated public institutions - the world's great art, there for all to see. Yet for many Americans, the world of "Art" remains inaccessible, lost in a fog of jargon and theories that can make the artwork itself seem hopelessly remote. The Annotated Mona Lisa demystifies art history. It's a brisk, clearly stated survey, from cave painting to conceptual art, that doesn't talk down to its reader and doesn't assume a prior art education. And, most important, it never bores. Dynamic design, with succinct, page-length essays, frequent sidebars, and abundant color illustrations incorporated into the text, make The Annotated Mona Lisa a browser's delight, as well as an authoritative reference that can be read from cover to cover. Sections on ancient and medieval art emphasize context and historical relevance: What kind of people did it take to build the Egyptian pyramids? How has their work influenced the architecture of today? Sections on Renaissance and Baroque art, the nineteenth century, and the modern era touch on all the major figures of the times, while continuing to explain the cultural context out of which the art evolved. A time line at the beginning of each section ties it all together, noting the significant historical events that shaped the art world and the world at large.