Readings in Art Appreciation
The selections take readers on a chronological tour beginning with the earliest creative pursuits of humankind and ending with modernity and post-modernity. While learning about architectural art in Egypt, the aesthetic sensibility of the Middle Ages, or the oldest sculpture at Tenochtitlan, the reader also becomes familiar with the values of a time and place as manifested in objects, and how this impacts and informs our lives today.
Though the articles provide a chronological overview, they can easily be taken out of order and still give students a substantial understanding of the place visual arts hold in the world and in life. Readings in Art Appreciation is ideal for survey courses in art history, and classes in art appreciation or cultural studies.