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Faculty Book: Laurie Schneider Adams

Laurie Schneider Adams

The Methodologies of Art, 2nd ed.
(Westview, 1996, 2009)

Works of art can be interpreted in a variety of ways, and these well-crafted, thoughtful essays survey approaches to artistic analysis taken by art historians, philosophers, and critics. The author then applies these approaches to the masterpieces of Western art: the biographical approach to works by such artists as Gauguin, van Eyck, and Raphael; Marxist readings of Giotto and Delacroix; a deconstructionist analysis of van Gogh’s “Shoes”; the feminist approach to O’Keeffe and Chicago; a Freudian analysis of Donatello’s “David”; and much more. This book is a good choice for introductory college art history courses. Laurie Adams (Prof., GC) is on the doctoral faculty in art history.

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Submitted on: DEC 8, 2009

Category: Art History | Faculty Books