How to Write Art History

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Laurence King Publishing, 2006 - Academic writing - 176 pages
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An invaluable handbook, How to Write Art History enables students to get the most from their art history course. In a clear and engaging style, Anne D'Alleva empowers readers to approach their coursework with confidence and energy. The book introduces two basic art historical methods - formal analysis and contextual analysis - revealing how to use these methods in writing papers and in class discussion. The common strengths and weaknesses of an art history essay are highlighted by using real examples of written work, and at each stage of the writing process D'Alleva offers valuable advice on developing an argument convincingly. In addition, she explains the most effective methods of note-taking and outlines strategies for reviewing images - essential tools when preparing for an exam. Providing a fascinating view of the study of art history within its historical context, this book will be particularly helpful for those considering a career in this rewarding discipline.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Art historys own history
9
Formal analysis
27
Chapters Contextual analysis
47
writing art history essays and papers
69
Navigating art history examinations
114
Glossary
164
Bibliography
171
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