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

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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 A layman s guide to art history provides the reader with a basic working knowledge of art and its influence on society

  • Title: The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
  • Author: Carol Strickland
  • ISBN: 9780836280050
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • A layman s guide to art history provides the reader with a basic working knowledge of art and its influence on society.

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    1. Mark on said:

      The subtitle of this book states it is 'A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern'.This is a fun, easy to read book that covers a wide spectrum of art throughout history. While an obvious choice for art lovers it is also a good choice for aspiring artist in order to learn and recognize technique/style/etc.NotesA good alternative to dry, academic textbooks.Learning CurveLow: Good for new readers.

    2. Trish on said:

      Perfect for a crash course in art history. All the classics and major players through the ages are mentioned here.

    3. Lena Nguyen on said:

      My AP Art History teacher distributed this to my high school AP art history class as a textbook, and as a friendlier companion to our monstrously bulky 1000+ paged art history textbook. The Annotated Mona Lisa really is a crash course on art history, covering much of the materials needed in about 200 pages. I literally had a cram study session with my friend the day before our AP Art History exam by reading through this entire book. I'm really glad i did too, because I felt I did really well on [...]

    4. Beth on said:

      I really did love this book. I am not on artist, never did much with art growing up, but have learned to really appreciate art in my travels as an adult. I've been yearning to learn more about art--a little history, a little interconnectedness, a little about major themes, etc. This book was perfect for all of that. There was enough information to be informative and interesting, but not so much to feel overwhelmed. When I was curious about an artist or piece of art in the book, it was easy to go [...]

    5. David on said:

      For years I have enjoyed observing art, but due to my understanding of its history, technique, and culture, I have been limited from fully appreciating it. Not anymore! The Annotated Mona Lisa gives a brilliant survey of art history from Pre-Classical to Postmodern. The author takes us era by era, artist by artist, introducing the historical events that caused shifts in technique and expression, and providing brief biographies of the most notable artists and architects. Having read The Annotated [...]

    6. Krystal Booth on said:

      Great for a quick overview of Art History that can lead to a ridiculous amount of research topics of interest for anyone interested in art. It does not go into extensive detail about any of the artists or movements, but provides a great base for anyone interested in learning more about art history in general. Quick, easy read.

    7. Amber on said:

      In my high-school art history class, we read Janson, Schneider-Adams and this. It is really great for someone who doesn't want to go through the trouble of studying art but still wants to understand it or talk about it. It is also really good for people like me who have a degree in he subject but have not actively studied since receiving said degree.

    8. Patty Barnett on said:

      This is a great overview of art and artists. I use it as a reference when I need a bit of knowledge or as a quick refresher. Not a book to read from beginning to end but a book to read in pieces. And a book to keep.I will never be finished

    9. Emily Snyder on said:

      This book is one of the biggest reasons why I ever enjoyed art history in high school. It absolutely does what it claims: it breaks down lofty concepts and critiques, presenting the world's most famous artworks in an accessible, understandable, and engaging way.

    10. Jake Cooper on said:

      Art History 101. How paint tech allowed impressionism. Why romanticism followed neoclassicism. What cubism even is.Best: side-by-side comparisonsBe aware: like all good intros, it sacrifices richness for linearity

    11. Kelsey on said:

      This is the best book by far to have. Just put it in your collection. Good for a quick reference guide and lots of detail.

    12. Donna Walsh on said:

      Really love this book, it is often my go to book to get me started if I am looking into an artist or period of Art History.

    13. Jim on said:

      A very good short course that hits with broad strokes the canon of Western art, with plenty of small examples that help one visualize many of the styles, as well as important works that many people will be familiar with, as well as anecdotal information that is fun as well. Of course, some artists are slighted, and even overlooked, but what this book serves to do, I think, is give an overview and if you like a certain style(s), as I did, you can do further research, as I did (and will continue t [...]

    14. Michelle on said:

      While this is a good book for anyone interested in art history it should have been subtitled as a course in Westernized art history. There is so much left out from other world cultures that it spoils the lessons of the book for me. I'm still enjoying the reading but only within the limitations of the author's view point which is not a world view of art history.

    15. Kari on said:

      Wanted more photographs of the art. When you explain a painting or piece of art in-depth, you should provide the image of that piece. Also, photographs of art shouldn’t be in black-and-white, especially if you are expounding on the wonderful color contrasts. Disappointing for this newbie to art history.

    16. Susan Liston on said:

      3.5. I've had this book for a long time and just realized I'd never read it. For a book that covers so much territory it was quite quick and easy. A good review, and for anyone just beginning to study art it would be an excellent book to start with. It even has charts to help keep tract of artists that you might get confused at first.

    17. Valerie Blackburn on said:

      An excellent synopsis of all art ages. May require fact checking, as some side notes seemed to contradict what I learned in art history classes or have read elsewhere. Much can be learned for each period of art. Some of my favorite art periods are Egyptian, Impressionism and Photography.

    18. Pam Jackson on said:

      Basically an outline of art history. I use it for quick information when reviewing for docent tours.

    19. Maddison on said:

      Read for Art History class - pretty condensed version which was nice not to read too in-depth, but also frustrating not to view all the works mentioned.

    20. Carly on said:

      Read for the Praxis test. Very good resource, with entertaining information along the way.

    21. Sue on said:

      Given to me by my daughter after seeing the Mona Lisa together. Interesting.

    22. Sean Ditmore on said:

      I would recommend watching the Kenneth Clark documentary "Civilisation" instead. This is kind of a dry read.

    23. Emma Grace on said:

      I read the first edition for an Art History class and enjoyed it. I saw a lot of the art in Paris and will see some more in Florence/Venice and have a bit more appreciation for the pieces. I'm still not fully invested in modern art, but appreciate the older stuff (pre-impressionism).

    24. An Nguyen on said:

      Pleasant read. A lot of the works discussed in the book are not displayed or are often shown in monocolor. I highly recommend you read this next to a computer so you can look up the works as you encounter them. The book has a very wide scope, briefly touching on the whole gamut of Art History. If any particular topic interests you, you are free to further explore them outside of the book.One neat feature is that a lot of artists' names will have a quick guide to pronunciation after them which is [...]

    25. Aaryn on said:

      This book provided a clear and concise summary for many eras, movements, and schools of art within history. This is an excellent resource to draw from when seeking how artists and art movement connect to each other. There are a number of anecdotes throughout the text which make the reading pleasurable. Geographic Notation: The geographic regions emphasized within this text are the North Americas and Europe, they do briefly touch on Central America, South America, Africa and briefly in the Middle [...]

    26. Rui on said:

      My son brought home this book as one of the suggested readings of his AP class. I initially dismissed it as nothing more than a rudimentary textbook to help high schoolers earn a couple of credits. But after skimping through the first several chapters, I came to like the book a lot and ended up completely absorbed reading it. Encyclopedia style essays of the key concepts, major movements and monumental figures in Western art history are all woven into a concise, fluid and quite insightful narrat [...]

    27. Mircah on said:

      I read almost all of this -- right up to into the Modern period. I skimmed the rest, maybe just because I was feeling "arted out" might go back and look at the last bit again some time. A great overview book. I learned a ton about art (compared to what I knew before, which was almost nothing). My only criticisms were that some photos were black and white (I looked them up on Google) and others were mentioned but no pictures (again, looked them up). It's difficult to understand explanations of ar [...]

    28. Sheala on said:

      I used this book to review for a state Art Education exam. When taking the exam, I was amazed at how many questions I found answered in this book. It has a great overview of history, media and artists. The only lack I found, and it's typical of so many art history review books, was a lack of worldwide art cultures. There was a quick review of some native cultures, but not a full overview of the multicultural subjects useful in today's classrooms.Still, this book provides a great review or primer [...]

    29. Madeleine Emerald Thiele on said:

      This book is a great introduction to all the major names, movements, and paintings throughout art history. Its aim is very clear: it determines to walk alongside you as you investigate the new subject ‘Art History’. madeleineemeraldthiele.wordpr

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