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Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts Paperback – Abridged, October 27, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0500289563 ISBN-10: 0500289735 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289563
  • ASIN: 0500289565
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debra J. DeWitte is an art historian who specializes in nineteenth-century French art. She was educated at the University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington and has developed an online art appreciation course that won a Platinum Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in 2008.

Ralph M. Larmann teaches art at the University of Evansville. He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from James Madison University. He is a past president of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and author of two popular websites, Art Studio Chalkboard and Figure Drawing Lab.

M. Kathryn Shields is an art historian who teaches at Guilford College. She received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kathryn specializes in modern and contemporary and Pre-Columbian art.

Customer Reviews

I have learned quite a lot in just a few weeks reading this.
alluringpetrichor
This book was so helpful to me in my art class. it has detailed examples and offers helpful discussion topics.
wendy ondiek
I had to purchase this book for an Art class and I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book.
S. Stone

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Shumaker on October 13, 2012
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This book is used as a text book for a course for a course I am taking at George Mason University, Introduction to the Visual Arts. As a text book, it does a good job of helping me review what the professor has presented in class. It has wonderful photographs of important works of art, and it has good descriptions of how each piece of art was created. As I write this review, we are only half way through the course and the book, but I have found one error. This concerns printmaking and the way drypoint is created, hardly a major catastrophe, but it does make me wonder if there are other minor errors about technical process.

I am enjoying the book, which is well written and well illustrated. If you want to learn how to look at art, how to tell if a piece is good or not, how to appreciate the process of creating art, this book does a very good job.

Like many text books today, the price of this book is outrageous. Because it has just been published, I was unable to buy it used, but I advise anyone who can to do that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zora on February 7, 2013
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I was required to have this book for an understanding visual arts course. Understanding that because this book deals with art explains why this book is so expensive, yet comprehensive. It's comprehensive because as well as defining art vocabulary it gives more of a background to art history and the different forms of art in various cultures worldwide. This textbook definitely hurt my bank account, but after this class is over I'm sending it right back to Amazon for store credit. They make is easy to understand art through examples and such. I am glad that I was assigned to such a comprehensive textbook but now I have to memorize all the artists and titles of art for my exam. This book is great for college students, both students who are interested in art and those who are required to take a course to understand the arts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith R. Warzecha on August 20, 2013
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Was forced to purchase this book for a college course that I was required to take in order to complete a second degree program in which I was enrolled. But I and my 9 year old daughter enjoyed the book so much that I decided not to keep the book after the class was done. This book is a cultural, historical and artistic experience all wrapped up on one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura on January 31, 2013
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I'm giving this book 5 stars because it is full of beautiful artwork. It is well-written and easy to follow for the art appreciation student. Lots of information regarding history context and back stories of the pieces and artists included. I have no negative comments.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Stone on December 11, 2012
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I had to purchase this book for an Art class and I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot from this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gman on October 14, 2012
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My Daughter needed this book for a college art class. She has been very happy with the contents and it has helped her in her learning process.
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By GTO on December 6, 2014
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A high overview of art vocabulary, movements and interaction with society, this book covers only the visible part of the iceberg. It is hard to fault a book’s depth when they are purposefully taking on a large range of subjects, but this will only be the start of someone’s study of the visual arts. Some of the topics at the end, like Art and War, Art and Science, and Art and Gender, seem pretty focused for a book of this type, whereas there are no chapters on specific movements and the people behind those moves. Still, not a bad introduction.
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By Josue Torrico on September 4, 2014
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I really enjoyed this text. It detailed the history of Art really well, and it went into much detail about different techniques used in the art world. It is very contemporary as it makes comparisons to recent events and objects, but it is a history book so it has to mention the past. I liked the images of different art works, and of photographs. It is easy to read, and very easy to follow.
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