The Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History by Nancy Frazier

By Nancy Frazier

A refreshingly new interdisciplinary method of paintings and artists from precedent days to today

In music with the worries of latest scholars and students, The Penguin Concise Dictionary of paintings History attracts on literature, background, psychology, geography, economics, and different disciplines to set key inventive advances of their cultural context. greater than 1500 entries distill present scholarly findings in an attractive nonacademic voice. They surround artists and theorists from Alberti to Judy Chicago to Zubarn; classes, types, and pursuits from summary expressionism to social realism; concepts and phrases from motion portray to x-radiography. transparent, cohesive, hugely readable--and thoroughly cross-referenced, and with an in depth index--this is the recent new release reference paintings scholars, artwork buffs, and paintings browsers were watching for.

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Rudolph was well pleased, not only by the beauty and ingenuity of the picture, but also by the The portr Siii—Vertumnus is named after the ancient 1 591) analogy: (c. — Roman god of vegetation, protector of As he comments in the quotation above, Archipenko added greatly to gardens, orchards, and the ripening of Cubism with sculpture of light, space, and color. He moved to the United cluded other fantasies: ture. and States in 1923, came an American five years later be- citizen. He the art departments of several taught in American fruit.

1473-74), a three-quarter head and shoulders against a dark background, own Still, Jerome is quite Italian in its attention to perspective and the rolling hills be- tiquity for inspiration, including post- its oil • Italian • church pamter • in Venice. Sebastian n n j saints traditionally called . j- is upon Renaissance tection against the plague; One of those those extraordinary geniuses who turn up every now and then as if 1456 and 1528, killed one of the • c tor pro- between a series of plagues one quarter of the population of APHRODITE (VENUS) OF CNIDOS (KNIDOS) The sexual ambiguity of An- Venice.

Although from the Latin word meaning "skill," the term was originally applied Art Deco very generally. Painting, drawing, engraving, and sculpture were not for- tionale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels mally Modernes listed as arts until the late 17th century. During the late i8th century, distinction between and artisan gained currency. The artisan was one whose skills were manual, supposedly artist without intellectual, imaginative, or creative purpose. In the mid- 19th cen- new distinction was allowed between "liberal" and "fine" arts, the tury, a latter routinely associated ity in with creativ- and imagination.

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