Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials

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Art History Cannon in QB and Reading Reference Materials

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Thanks to folks on my "Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out" thread, Art History was one of the recommendations. Going back through previous threads, Michael Powers had found a site called Smart History for art history study, but that begs the question, Where should I start?
On top of that, I've purchased several reference works to study. Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, New World Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Masterpieces of World Literature, and The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia. I plan on Reading and studying these to increase my knowledge base. Thanks for all of your replies. It is greatly appreciated.
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You might want to take a look at my list of books and other resources, linked here: http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic. ... 23&t=21649

I like SmartHistory a lot! The Art Story is a nice website if you want to learn about modern and contemporary art, but many of the artists and theorists covered there are much less famous and will thus get you fewer points.

If you're looking for an actual book, your local library almost certainly has a copy of E.H. Gombrich's The Story of Art, which is wonderful and very readable. But if you want a book that's just a concentrated dose of points, you should look for something like Gardner's Art Through the Ages or Honour/Fleming A World History of Art; your library very well might have some edition of those too!
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vinteuil wrote: Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:03 pm You might want to take a look at my list of books and other resources
If you're looking for an actual book,
Thanks for the response! I have troved through that list at various times, including at 3 AM at one point. It is ridiculously valuable. As for a book I'm not so much interested in that. Smart History should serve my purposes quite nicely at the moment. What is your opinion on the Reference materials that I listed? I'll end up reading quite a bit already with those books in hand.
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jij03 wrote: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:39 pm
vinteuil wrote: Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:03 pm You might want to take a look at my list of books and other resources
If you're looking for an actual book,
Thanks for the response! I have troved through that list at various times, including at 3 AM at one point. It is ridiculously valuable. As for a book I'm not so much interested in that. Smart History should serve my purposes quite nicely at the moment. What is your opinion on the Reference materials that I listed? I'll end up reading quite a bit already with those books in hand.
They're good for the kind of thing you can have at home! For art, if you happen to be a library, check out the Oxford Art Online suite (and the older print versions)—the Oxford Dictionary of Art, Benezit's Dictionary of Artists, and Grove Art Online are all quite useful. (I imagine they're too pricey to buy for personal use.)
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vinteuil wrote: Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:52 pm
jij03 wrote: Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:39 pm
vinteuil wrote: Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:03 pm You might want to take a look at my list of books and other resources
If you're looking for an actual book,
Thanks for the response! I have troved through that list at various times, including at 3 AM at one point. It is ridiculously valuable. As for a book I'm not so much interested in that. Smart History should serve my purposes quite nicely at the moment. What is your opinion on the Reference materials that I listed? I'll end up reading quite a bit already with those books in hand.
They're good for the kind of thing you can have at home! For art, if you happen to be a library, check out the Oxford Art Online suite (and the older print versions)—the Oxford Dictionary of Art, Benezit's Dictionary of Artists, and Grove Art Online are all quite useful. (I imagine they're too pricey to buy for personal use.)
For what it's worth I was able to pick up a complete set of the Oxford Dictionary of Art for around $200 a few years ago.
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I enjoy browsing the essays on the Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History; the hyperlinks within the articles and suggested articles are great for getting context beyond memorizing painting clues. Also have to plug the fact the Met has uploaded PDFs of a ton of out of print exhibition catalogs or big reference books with similarly helpful essays.
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Thaumatibis gigantea wrote: Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:54 am I enjoy browsing the essays on the Met's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History; the hyperlinks within the articles and suggested articles are great for getting context beyond memorizing painting clues. Also have to plug the fact the Met has uploaded PDFs of a ton of out of print exhibition catalogs or big reference books with similarly helpful essays.
Oh yeah, these are great resources! Getty also makes their out-of-print backlist available for free: http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtu ... index.html . A lot of it is hyper-specialized, but there are some gems (e.g. Riegl's Group Portraiture of Holland)
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This thread blew up (in a good way). I am Thoroughly thankful for all of your inputs.
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