The Informed Eye

The Informed Eye

Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art

Book - 1999
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An introduction to the properties, concepts, and meanings of Western art through a series of concise, specific explorations, or case studies, of a single work of art or a group of related works.

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Art historian Cole uses a progression of concise, specific explorations of individual works of art or groups of related works to explore the defining characteristics of great art. In his considerations of 32 masterpieces of painting, sculpture, and architecture, he looks into the role of the artist, the function of the art object, its place in the social context of its time, and its connection to the art that preceded it. He shows how the West has continually and consciously shifted from the anonymous artist and realistic style that dominated most of its history to the current "cult of the artist" that allows for today's personalized abstractions. Abundantly illustrated in color and b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1999
ISBN: 9781566632553
Branch Call Number: 701.1 COL
Characteristics: xv. 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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