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Art History?

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Oli Smith

on 12 April 2015

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Art History?
What is Art History and why study it?
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts—the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others; but of the three, the only quite trustworthy one is the last. The acts of a nation may be triumphant by its good fortune; and its words mighty by the genius of a few of its children: but its art, only by the general gifts and common sympathies of the race.
John Ruskin 1819 - 1900, English author, poet, and art historian
What is History? How do we study it?
- W W W W W = F
What is Art?
"...after all art derives from art." Lucien Freud
How to look at art in this class (and outside)
- First look and feel. Just look at it as a piece of art. Really look.

- Then think. What do you feel? What effect does it have on you? Why?

- Then try to
. Begin to think of it in its historical context.

- Ask questions.
. Learn things from other people.

- Look again. Keep looking. You can always see something new.
- O -- Make your own.
"Good artists copy, great artists STEAL." Pablo Picasso
Major Subjects of art, e.g.: Nature

"'First of all move me, surprise me, rend my heart; make me tremble, weep, shudder; outrage me, delight my eyes afterwards, if you can." - Denis Diderot 1713 - 1784, French philosopher, writer & art critic
Museum/ Exhibition/ Book/ TV, etc
by R Mutt

Behind every work of art there is a story and an artist. Behind every artist is a life, a
, which is a major part of that story and funnelled into the artwork.
- Art? History? Art History?
Fundamentals for How to Discuss and Talk about Art with Each Other:
List of Artists
Communication of a concept.
Issues & Biases to Be Aware of:
- Cultural/ Social
- Region, History, Religion, Race, Gender
(Europe based, Greek roots, white Christian males)

- Intellectual/Academic
- Ideas of Value, Fashion, Forms of presentation
(How much money? What is popular and why? Museum -- chronological, theme -- presentation)
What can you see? What do you know? What do you feel?
Discuss and speculate on: what, why, when,
where, who, how, etc...
Extra questions: Do you like it?
Is it interesting? Would you like to buy it for your house? Etc...
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