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The Oxford History of Western Art is an innovative and challenging reappraisal of how the history of art can be presented and understood. Through a carefully devised modular structure, readers are given insights not only into how and why works of art were created, but also how works in different media relate to each other across time. Here--uniquely--is not the simple, linear "story" of art, but a rich series of stories, told from varying viewpoints.

Carefully selected groupings of pictures give readers a sense of the visual "texture" of the various periods and episodes covered. The 167 illustration groups, supported by explanatory text and picture captions, create a sequence of "visual tours"--not merely a procession of individually "great" works viewed in isolation, but juxtapositions of significant images that powerfully convey a sense of the visual environments in which works of art need to be viewed in order to be understood and appreciated. The aim throughout is to make the shape and nature of these visual presentations a stimulating and rewarding experience, allowing readers to become active participants in the process of interpretation and synthesis.

Another key feature of the narrative is the re-definition of traditional period boundaries. Rather than relying on conventional labels such as Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, the book establishes five major phases of significant historical change that unlock longer and more meaningful continuities. This new framework shows how the major religious and secular functions of art have been forged, sustained, transformed, revived, and revolutionized over the ages; how the institutions of Church and State have consistently aspired to make art in their own image; and how the rise of art history itself has come to provide the dominant conceptual framework within which artists create, patrons patronize, collectors collect, galleries exhibit, dealers deal, and art historians write.

Though the coverage of topics focuses on European notions of art and their transplantation and transformation in North America, space is also given to cross-fertilizations with other traditions---including the art of Latin America, the Soviet Union, India, Africa (and Afro-Caribbean), Australia, and Canada.

Written by a team of 50 specialist authors working under the direction of renowned art historian Martin Kemp, The Oxford History of Western Art is a vibrant, vigorous, and revolutionary account of Western art serving both as an inspirational introduction for the general reader and an authoritative source of reference and guidance for students.

Synopsis:

Readers gain insight not only into how and why works of art were created, but also how works in different media relate to one another throughout time. The 167 illustrations, supported by explanatory text and picture captions, create a series of "visual tours" that present art in a broad context.

About the Author

Martin Kemp, British Academy Wolfson Professor (1993-8) and Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford, is one of the UK's most distinguished art historians. His many publications include Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Scientist, Inventor; The Science of Art; and Behind the Picture: Art and Evidence in the Italian Renaissance. He lives in the U.K.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction, Prof Martin Kemp

Part 1: The Foundations: Greece and Rome c.600 BC-AD 410

Introduction, Prof Martin Kemp

Greek Sculpture, Prof Andrew Stewart, USA

Greek Pictorial Arts, Prof Stella G. Miller, USA

Greek Art Beyond Greece, Dr Nigel Spivey, UK

Roman Sculpture, Prof Katherine Welch, USA

Roman Painting and Mosaics, Prof Stella G. Miller, USA

Theory and Criticism, Prof R. R. R. Smith, UK

Ancient Paradigms, Augustus to Mussolini, Prof Christopher H. Hallett, USA

Part 2: Church and State. The Establishing of European Visual Culture 410-1527

Introduction, Prof Martin Kemp

Early Christian Art, Dr John Richards, UK

Illuminated Manuscripts, Dr Martin Kauffmann, UK, and Dr John Lowden, USA

Ars Sacra to c.1200, T. A. Heslop, UK

Monumental Sculpture to c.1300, Dr Kathleen Lane, UK

Stained Glass, Sarah Brown, UK

Painting in the Middle Ages, Robert Gibbs, UK

The Altarpiece, Dr Louise Bourdua, UK

Ars Sacra c.1200-1527, Andrew Spira, UK

Monumental Sculpture c.1300-1527, Dr Frances Ames-Lewis (UK)

The New Painting: Italy and the North, Prof Martin Kemp and Dr John Richards, UK

Domestic Arts, Beth L. Holman, USA

The Print, Dr Patricia A. Emison, USA

Part 3: The Art of Nations: European Visual Regimes 1527-1770

Introduction, Prof Martin Kemp

The International Style, Dr Robert Williams, USA

Forms in Space 1527-c.1600, Dr Charles Avery, UK

Forms in Space c.1600-c.1700, Dr Carole Paul, USA

Free-standing Sculpture c.1600-c.1700, Christopher Baker, UK

The Picture: Italy and France, Dr Pauline Maguire, USA

The Picture: Spain, Dr Peter Cherry, IR, and Helena Ciechanowska, UK

The Picture: Dutch and Flemish, Dr Walter Liedtke, USA

The Picture: England, Dr Ilaria Bignamini, UK

The Print, Dr Linda Hults, USA

The Interior, Dr Maurice Howard, UK

Forms in Space c.1700-1770, Dr Malcolm Baker

Academies, Theories, and Critics, Dr Karen Edis-Barzman, USA

The International Diaspora, Dr Tania Costa Tribe, UK

Part 4: The Era of Revolutions 1770-1914

Introduction, Prof Martin Kemp

Pictures and Publics, Dr John Goodman, USA

Sculptures and Publics, Prof Alison W. Yarrington, Dr Philip Ward-Jackson, and Dr Malcolm Baker, all UK

The Print, Dr Linda C. Hults, USA

Photography, Dr Ian Jeffrey, UK

Design and Industry, Charlotte Benton, UK

The Rise of Art History, Dr Paul Crowther, UK

Art Criticism and Aesthetic Ideals, Dr Carol M. Armstrong, USA

Art Museums and Galleries, Prof Carol Duncan, USA

Part 5: Modernism and After 1914-2000

Introduction, Prof Martin Kemp

The International Style, Michael O'Mahony, UK; and Prof Martin Kemp

Alternative Media, Dr Ken Hay, UK

Photography, Dr Ian Jeffrey, UK

Alternative Centres: The Soviet Union, Dr David Jackson, UK

Alternative Centres: Latin America, Dr Tania Costa Tribe, UK

Alternative Centres: India, Dr Clare Harris, UK

Alternative Centres: Africa/Afro-Caribbean, Dr Salah M. Hassan, USA, and Dr Petrine Archer-Straw, UK

Alternative Centres: Canada and Australia, Kyla C. Gutche, UK and Rebecca Hossack, UK

Postmodernism, Dr Paul Crowther, UK

Art History, Dr Paul Crowther, UK

Critics and Criticism, Dr Malcolm Gee, UK

Art Museums and Galleries, Prof Brandon Taylor, UK

Epilogue, Prof Martin Kemp

Chronology

Glossary

Further Reading

Picture credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192804150
Editor:
Kemp, Martin
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Editor:
Kemp, Martin
Author:
null, Martin
Author:
Kemp, Martin
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Architecture -- History.
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Art and Architecture | History
Subject:
Art & Architecture | History
Publication Date:
20041104
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
735 color and 114 b/w illus.
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8.6 x 10.7 x 1.4 in 4.875 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Readers gain insight not only into how and why works of art were created, but also how works in different media relate to one another throughout time. The 167 illustrations, supported by explanatory text and picture captions, create a series of "visual tours" that present art in a broad context.

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