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Art History Presentation

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Rachel Hoemke

on 11 July 2013

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Transcript of Art History Presentation

An Introduction to Art History
Why is it Important?
We learn new ways of thinking

Art History is not simply recognition
Where To Begin?
Can we understand a work of art without the background information?

Fulfills our needs to understand ourselves

Gives us insight into cultures
Some art functions as record
What kind of information might help us?
Formal Analysis
Contextual Analysis
Formal analysis=
Visual evaluation of elements, materials, and style

Contextual analysis=
Asking questions and hypothesizing in order to gain a deeper understanding of the artwork
A successful study of art includes:

Identifying iconography and symbols
Making comparisons with other works of art
Identifying qualities that might place the work in a stylistic group
Ask yourself questions!
Write down 5 questions that could help
you to decipher a work of art
Who is this for?
What aspect is most prominent in this work
and why?
How do the colors affect or influence the mood?
Helps to solidify new and current ideas
Some work will be representational...
...while others may be more abstract.
Keep in mind:
Final Points
Art history in essence is conjecture
If you can support your argument behind the meaning of a work of art, it is valid.
We cannot simply dismiss art that we do not understand. Attempting to find the meaning will get us to think in new ways and challenges our ideas of what art can be.
Art history is analysis and evaluation
Open your eyes and start thinking!

D'Alleva, Anne. Look!: The Fundamentals of Art History. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2006. Print.

Stokstad, Marilyn, Margaret A. Oppenheimer, and Stephen Addiss. Art: A Brief History. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2003. Print.

Roland, Craig. Looking at and Talking about Art with Kids. University of Florida. 2006. Educational PDF.
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