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The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Annotated Series) Paperback – October 2, 2007
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I taught art history for several years at the high school level and relied on Janson's History of Art 7th Ed. and Wood's Art of the Western World: From Ancient Greece to Post-Modernism as my personal instructors. Every night I had to slog through pages of information when all I wanted was something concise and to the point. "The Annotated Mona Lisa" would have served me well.
I found this the other day and popped my forehead (as in V-8 commercials) and asked aloud: Why didn't I use this book for my background? Apparently, I bought it then promptly forgot/misplaced/had little time to use it.
Here's why this book will be a companion for anyone interested in teaching him/herself about art history:
1. Five time categories (ex. Prehistoric through Medieval) with very clear subtitles (ex. Mesopotamia: the Architects)
2. Short explanations per topic.Read more ›
What the The Annotated Mona Lisa excels at is providing the reader with numerous charts that compare styles that are often confused such as Gothic and Romanesque architecture or Italian Renaissance and Northern Renaissance art. There are also charts that distinguish between artists such as the one that differentiates the style characteristics of several Post-Impressionist artists. The upbeat writing and interesting facts about artists and their work really help to keep the reader engaged as do interesting page designs and more than 300 illustrations, many of them in color.Read more ›
"The annotated Mona Lisa" allows you to appreciate paintings you have already seen in a new way (you must try to pay attention not only to de color and composition but also to the historical circumstances in which it was painted, and to the meaning hidden in the painting) and introduces you to new ones.
Carol Strickland, in the introduction to this book, tells us that "There is a world of difference between viewing a work of art and really seeing it - the difference between sight and insight". In "The annotated Mona Lisa" she tries to give us an insight into what art is really about, and in my opinion, she has a good deal of success.
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Bought it just to study for the Art Praxis and have actually found a love for art history! Fascinating and easy to follow. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Stella
I used to teach undergraduate Art History. I wouldn't use this book as a textbook but it is serviceable for someone who wants a sketch of art throughout the ages. I.e. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent used condition, book. So happy I bought this instead of a much more expensive new one. Also, it's kind of like a cheat sheet for Art History. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. McKeon
Awesome review for the AP Art History Exam, particularly when your kid is too tired of studying the dry as dirt textbook.
Helped my son score a 5!