How To Read Art

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A Crash Course in Understanding and Interpreting Paintings

By Liz Rideal

This charmingly illustrated, highly informative field guide to understanding art history is small enough to fit in a pocket yet serious enough to provide real answers. The book explains the aesthetics of schools of painting from the Renaissance masters and Impressionists to the Cubists and Modernists. It enables readers to develop an understanding of the vocabulary of painting and to discover how to look at diverse paintings in detail. In the first part of the book, the author reveals how to read paintings by considering five key areas: shape and support, medium and style, compositional devices, genre, and the meaning of recurring symbols and motifs. The second part explores fifty paintings through extracted details, accompanied by insightful commentary, training the reader and viewer to understand context and discover meaning within the image. 

Paperback, 256 pages with many full color reproductions

Dimensions: 5.5 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches

Perfect gift for the art lovers on your list!