Art History

Genre: History

Art HistoryA Very Short Introduction

Performed by:
Julia Whelan
Very Short Introductions

This clear and concise new introduction examines all the major debates and issues using a wide range of well-known examples. It discusses the challenge of using verbal and written language to analyze a visual form. Dana Arnold also examines the many different ways of writing about art, and the changing boundaries of the subject of art history. Topics covered include the canon of Art History, the role of the gallery, 'blockbuster' exhibitions, the emergence of social histories of art (Feminist Art History or Queer Art History, for example), the impact of photography, and the development of Art History using artifacts such as the altarpiece, the portrait, or pornography, to explore social and cultural issues such as consumption, taste, religion, and politics. Importantly, this audiobook explains how the traditional emphasis on periods and styles originates in western art production and can obscure other critical approaches, as well as art from non-western cultures.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 4 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: MP3-CD
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Author
Dana Arnold
Narrator
Julia Whelan

Biography:
A former child actor, Julia Whelan has appeared in numerous films and television shows, most notably in ABC’s acclaimed series Once and Again. After majoring in Creative Writing at Middlebury College, Julia began narrating audiobooks. She has garnered multiple Earphones Awards, been repeatedly named one of AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices, was named Audible.com's Narrator of the Year, and won an Audie Award.

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