Learning to Look at Paintings

Learning to Look at Paintings

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This volume is a guide to the study and appraisal of paintings, drawings and prints. It provides a practical analysis of works of art through an understanding of the visual ingredients of composition, space, form, tone and colour. Mary Acton draws upon a varied collection of pictures, prints and drawings to demonstrate the skills required to better understand the visual experience of paintings. She discusses the subject matter and its meaning, the original function, the setting, the technique and the purpose of each picture and provides a vocabulary with which to discuss works of art. Illustrated with over 90 images of oil paintings, murals, frescoes, ceiling decorations, sketches and watercolours, this text presents a critique of works of art dating from the early 15th-century through to commentaries on modern installations and soft sculptures. Suggesting a series of questions to ask when looking at a painting and offering a comprehensive glossary of terms, this work aims to help develop a more structured, ordered and critical understanding of art.Learning to Look at Paintings is illustrated with over ninety images by artists ranging from Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Botticelli to Picasso, Matisse and Rothko. Alsoincluded is a glossary of critical and technical terms used in art history.

Title:Learning to Look at Paintings
Author:Mary Acton
Publisher:Psychology Press - 1997


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