Explorations in Art History

Connecting Objects and Ideas (Second Edition)
Edited by Bonnie J. Noble
©2017, 230 pages
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    Historically, images and objects do far more than simply represent the visual world. Visual images offer feelings, thoughts, and insights based on what the artist perceives. As viewers, we in turn interpret the images for ourselves, adding new and different layers of meaning.

    Explorations in Art History: Connecting Objects and Ideas is an anthology of articles written within the past 100 years. The articles, taken from art history and related disciplines, offer insight in provocative ways. Rather than merely giving facts and statistics, the material in the book provides interpretive discussions of works of art based on key questions in the discipline.

    The selected readings address topics such as iconography and iconology, historical narrative in ancient Near Eastern art, and painting in seventeeth-century Flanders. Readings new to this edition discuss narrative cinema and melancholy in relation to Albrecht Dürer’s work. The articles cover a wide range of subjects from ancient to modern art, from Mesopotamia to mass-produced kitsch.

    Explorations in Art History can be used in any introduction to art or art history survey course. It is also appropriate for liberal studies and studio art programs.

    Bonnie J. Noble received her B.A. in the history and literature of religions from Northwestern University, her M.A. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University. Her research has been supported by the Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the German Academic Exchange Service. She publishes on German art of the sixteenth century and teaches art history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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