Art Theory: An Historical Introduction is a unique survey of Western thought about art from ancient times to the present. * Provides a lucid and lively narrative geared to the needs of the general reader and beginning student. * Covers the major periods of Western art history: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the early modern period (Renaissance and Baroque), the Enlightenment, the nineteenth century, early twentieth-century modernism, and postmodernism. * Relates theory to the practice as well as to the intellectual- and cultural-historical currents of each period, thus demonstrating the value of an historical approach to theoretical issues. * Includes an extensive bibliography that provides a useful and up-to-date guide to the primary sources and secondary literature and 93 illustrations.
Table of Contents
List of Plates. List of Figures. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Antiquity and the Middle Ages. 2. The Early Modern Period. 3. The Enlightenment. 4. The Nineteenth Century. 5. The Early Twentieth Century. 6. Postmodernism. Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading. Index
Robert Williams is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Art Theory and Culture in Sixteenth--century Italy: From Techne to Metatechne (1997).