Thames and Hudson

Art Essentials: Looking at Pictures

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Susan Woodford
216mm x 141mm

From cave paintings to Damian Hirst – learn how to read pictures by looking at formal and stylistic devices used; plus popular themes and subject matter, and relationships of pictures to the societies that produced them.

Delving into the origins, designs and themes of over 100 pictures from different periods and places, this book illuminates the art of looking at - and talking about - pictures. Woodford shows how you can read a picture by examining the formal and stylistic devices used by an artist, and explores popular themes and subject matters, and the relationship of pictures to the societies that produced them. The book is supplemented by a glossary of key terms, ranging from art movements and technical terms to religious and classical terminology, to give readers all the information they need at their fingertips.