The Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art



ISBN: 9780500239438 Category:

Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, M. Kathryn Shields


The Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of the visual arts. Part 1 introduces the visual language of art, while Part 2 explains how art is made, from such traditional media and processes as stone carving, fresco and oil painting, to contemporary approaches, such as digital and conceptual art and installations. Part 3 offers an overview of the history of art from prehistoric times to the 21st century in all parts of the world, and Part 4 examines art through the major themes that, across cultures and throughout history, have inspired artists to create great works of art.

More than 800 images of art are shown and discussed in a clear and vivid way, offering stimulating insights into the visual arts. Additionally, the authors have selected eight iconic works that represent the extraordinary variety of art created throughout time and around the world. As these great works are examined from different points of view in the four parts of the book, the reader gains a deeper understanding of the skill involved in artistic creation, and the endless expressive possibilities of art.

This is a beautifully illustrated book that emphasizes the astonishing diversity of art in all its forms. Here the reader encounters the timeless primal power of the Woman from Willendorf, made as long ago as 24,000 BCE; dramatically differing architectural masterpieces, from Temple 1 in the Great Plaza of Tikal in Guatemala, built between 300 and 900 BCE, to the twentieth-century innovations of Le Corbusier; the delicate detail of fifteenth-century portraits by Jan Van Eyck alongside Andy Warhol’s Double Elvis; and contemporary works ranging from the traditionally crafted Japanese kimonos of Sonoko Sasaki to the dynamic and thought-provoking video art of Bill Viola.

The Thames & Hudson Introduction to Art is the most accessible and complete visual arts guide available, and an indispensable resource for art students and enthusiasts alike.

Additional information

Weight 2044 g
Dimensions 22.4 x 28 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 November 2015
Number of pages 624
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.4 x 28 cm
Weight 2044 g


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Debra J. DeWitte is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art & Art History, University of Texas/Arlington.

Ralph M. Larmann is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Evansville, Indiana.

M. Kathryn Shields is Assistant Professor of Art History and Chair of the Art Department, Guilford College, North Carolina.