Pages: 240
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: ill


A Beginner's Guide

Laurie Schneider Adams

An exhilarating tour through Western artistic tradition
9781851688531 (1 Jan 2012)
RRP £9.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Art has existed for as long as humankind, but defining it is famously difficult. In this whirlwind tour spanning from prehistory up to the present day and beyond, Laurie Schneider Adams explores how art, and our views on it, have evolved. Delving into fascinating issues such as why some artworks can be so controversial, why a forgery can never be as "good" as the original, and what the future of art may hold, this beautifully crafted introduction provides a definitive overview of Western artistic tradition. Also providing a helpful guide to understanding art terminology and to reading artworks for meaning, Art: A Beginner's Guide is an essential tool for every budding art critic.

Additional Information

Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 240
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations ill


About the Author

Laurie Schneider Adams is Professor Emerita of Art History at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of several books, including Art: A Beginner's GuideA History of Western Art, and Looking at Art, and is former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art (1984-2015). She lives in New York.

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