"One of the most intellectually exciting books I have read this year. . . full of illumination and insights. . . The four teenagers to whom I gave the book have all been thrilled by the sense that art isn?t the preserve of high priests. Best of all, I took my student son to the Rijksmuseum and, utterly absorbed, he said he would never look at art the same way again. De Botton is throwing open a door and doing what art ought to do: making us think and feel afresh. I hope many people step through it." – The Times
"A highly optimistic vision. . .roams widely through subjects as immense as love, nature, money and politics. De Botton and Armstrong's examination of love is most rewarding." &ndahs; Royal Academy of Arts
"Asking the questions that always swirl through your mind when striding around Tate Modern. . . Art as Therapy massages the mind in all the right places." &ndahs; Vanity Fair on Art
"It’s like going back to college, but in a good way. . . A little bit like dipping in to a modern day Gombrich albeit through the eyes of Oprah. . . A really entertaining and thought‐provoking look at the role that art plays – or could play – in our lives. . . Part philosophy, part art history, the book takes work that is considered by many to be lofty and rarified, and relates it to our everyday lives. [Art as Therapy] makes the reader consider the work far more intensely and deeply than perhaps we otherwise would." &ndahs; A Little Bird
"A true meditation on the power art has to transform our lives." &ndahs; The Mayfair Magazine
The beautifully designed and illustrated book, Art as Therapy argues for a new way of using art to help us with a variety of psychological ills." &ndahs; The School of Life
Alain de Botton (b.1969) is the author of bestselling books in more than 30 countries, including The Consolations of Philosophy, How Proust Can Change Your Life, Status Anxiety, and most recently Religion for Atheists. He founded The School of Life in London in 2008, which supplies good ideas for everyday life in the form of courses, classes, workshops and talks. In 2009 he founded Living Architecture, which aims to make high‐quality architecture accessible to everyone.
John Armstrong (b.1966) is a British philosopher and art historian based at Melbourne University. He is the author of five well‐received books, including The Intimate Philosophy of Art, Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy, and In Search of Civilisation: Remaking a Tarnished Idea.
This book gives a different perspective on how to look at art and art history.
This book is very accessible to anyone who loves art and for anyone who has an interest ranging from professional to collector to novice.
2.5 stars: The analysis is worth about 1.5 stars, but the plates and images definitely make the book worth looking at!
I loved this book, it put forward a really interesting way that art should or could be looked at differently in today's world. Couldn't recommend it more.Published 20 days ago by yel
Loved this exhibit at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and bought the book after I returned home. A wonderful way to view art. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristen
I agree with S. McGee's extensive and thoughtful review. Wish I'd had her foresight to check it out of the library instead of purchasing it.Published 1 month ago by Lady Machinist
I began with this book of de Botton's, and am now reading Consolations of Philosophy. And I read Architecture of Happiness. Nary a fault in any of them. Come as you are! Read morePublished 3 months ago by K.
The title is a bit mis-leading as it is not about art therapy as popularly-known. It is, however, a fantastic book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by wildblueiris
I found the title off putting. I was interested in the idea of Art as a tool for insight and this is what you get. Very good and easy to understand.Published 3 months ago by Phil Volkofsky
Alain de Botton has excellent and innovative insights into the therapeutic effects of art, both for the creator and the viewer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by friend
armstrong and debotton together – WOW! – should be required reading for anyone who loves art, makes art, or wants to learn about art in a welcoming, accessible, unique manner;... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Frederic Mulligan
Anyone interested in art, life, philosophy or just plain good reading (with nice pictures!) will enjoy this book. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Mary Jean Duckering