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A critique of works of art dating from the early fifteenth century through to modern installations, Learning to Look at Paintings is an accessible guide to the study and appraisal of paintings, drawings and prints. Mary Acton shows how one can learn to look at and understand an image by analyzing how it works, what its pictoral elements are and how they relate to each other. She describes the ingredients of composition, space, form, tone and color which make up a painting, and discusses the importance of subject, function and setting in appreciating its visual meanings. Acton also suggests a series of questions to ask when looking at a painting in order to help develop a critical understanding of art.

Acton discusses work by a wide range of Western European and American artists, from the fifteenth century to the present. 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. Also included is a glossary of critical and technical terms used in art history.

Synopsis:

This is a critique of works of art dating from the early fifteenth century through to modern installations. Suggesting a series of questions to ask when looking at a painting this will help develop a critical understanding of art.

Synopsis:

Learning to Look at Paintings is an accessible guide to the study and appraisal of paintings, drawings, and prints. Mary Acton shows how you can learn to look at and understand an image by analysing how it works, what its pictorial elements are and how they relate to each other.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [229]-233) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415148900
Author:
Acton, Mary
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Acton, Mar
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Visual perception
Subject:
Art appreciation
Subject:
Arts, fine
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
Painting - General
Subject:
Techniques - Painting
Series Volume:
27
Publication Date:
March 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.60x5.56x.77 in. 1.17 lbs.

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Theory and Criticism

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Product details 272 pages Routledge - English 9780415148900 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is a critique of works of art dating from the early fifteenth century through to modern installations. Suggesting a series of questions to ask when looking at a painting this will help develop a critical understanding of art.
"Synopsis" by , Learning to Look at Paintings is an accessible guide to the study and appraisal of paintings, drawings, and prints. Mary Acton shows how you can learn to look at and understand an image by analysing how it works, what its pictorial elements are and how they relate to each other.
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