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Fundamentals of Art History

Michael Cothren and Anne D'Alleva


This invaluable guide enables students to get the most from their art history course. Written in an accessible style, the book introduces two basic art historical methods Ð formal analysis and contextual analysis. In this new edition revising author Michael Cothren has extended the discussion on iconography and iconology, as well as adding discussions on the effects of the market and museums on art. Greater emphasis is placed on the global and multicultural aspects of art creation and analysis with new images and more case studies. There is more step-by-step guidance on how to use these methods to prepare for exams and write papers.

Anne D’Alleva is Dean of the School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut. She is the author of Arts in the Pacific Islands and Methods and Theories of Art History. Michael Cothren is Scheuer Family Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Swarthmore. He is co-author of Art History and Art: A Brief History, and Methods and Theories of Art History, Third Edition.

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