anne-richard
» » A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Classic Reprint)

Download A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Classic Reprint) epub

by Van Dyke




The object of this series of text-books is to provide concise teachable histories of art for class-room use in schools and colleges. The limited time given to the study of art in the average educational institution has not only dictated the condensed style of the volumes, but has limited their scope of matter to the general features of art history. Archaeological discussions on special subjects and aesthetic theories have been avoided. The main facts of history as settled by the best authorities are given. If the reader choose to enter into particulars the bibliography cited at the head of each chapter will be found helpful. Illustrations have been introduced as sight-help to the text, and, to avoid repetition, abbreviations have been used wherever practicable. The enumeration of the principal extant works of an artist, school, or period, and where they may be found, which follows each chapter, may be serviceable not only as a summary of individual or school achievement, but for reference by travelling students rn Europe.(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)About the Publisher Forgotten Books is a publisher of historical writings, such as: Philosophy, Classics, Science, Religion, History, Folklore and Mythology.Forgotten Books' Classic Reprint Series utilizes the latest technology to regenerate facsimiles of historically important writings. Careful attention has been made to accurately preserve the original format of each page whilst digitally enhancing the aged text. Read books online for free at www.forgottenbooks.org
Download A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Classic Reprint) epub
ISBN: 1440091501
ISBN13: 978-1440091506
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Painting
Author: Van Dyke
Language: English
Publisher: Forgotten Books (May 26, 2012)
Pages: 306 pages
ePUB size: 1717 kb
FB2 size: 1529 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 272
Other Formats: doc lrf docx mbr

Urreur
This book was first published in 1894, but this edition was first published in 1909, it is now in the public domain. The author was professor of the History of Art in Rutgers College at the time he wrote this. This Kindle version has no pictures in it, there is a free e-book version available with many pictures in it on the internet (but that one needs a lot of memoryspace: 5.1 MB, without pictures just 377 kB). This edition has 277 pages/4401 locations. This book was aimed at students in highschools and colleges, it is easy to read, no prior knowledge is neccesary. This book has an active table of contents at the beginning of this book, at location 23. At the beginning of every chapter there is a list of recommended books.

I do not recommend this book, it is too obsolete and there is too many information in it that is no longer believed to be correct. The two biggest problems I have with this book are:

1) The incorrect information.

Some of the information is just obsolete, some of it is not correct. Much more is known nowadays about art than 100 years ago. Techniques like X-ray (showing the sketches below the painting) and dendrology (science of trees, helps dating paintings on wooden panels) have given us information that was not available at the time this book was written.
Just one example:
At page 200/location 2585 this book says:
(quote)
PRINCIPAL WORKS:--Hubert van Eyck, Adoration of the Lamb
(with Jan van Eyck) St. Bavon Ghent (wings at Brussels and
Berlin supposed to be by Jan, the rest by Hubert);
(unquote)
This information is not correct (anymore):
-About the altarpiece 'The Adoration of the Lamb' by Jan & Hubert van Eyck, this book says that parts of this work are in Berlin, this is no longer correct: as part of the Treaty of Versailles (1919) the parts of this painting that were in Germany were given back to Ghent in 1920. The parts that were in the 'Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België' in Brussels at the time of writing were also returned to Ghent in 1920.
In 1934 two panels were stolen, only one of these has been recovered, the panel 'The Rightious Judges' is still missing.
-Scholars are still debating which bits are painted by Jan and which bits by Hubert. Some even believe Hubert painted very little (or maybe even nothing!) of this painting.

2) National character

The second problem I have with this book is that the author believes in national characters, this book was written in a period in time when those believes were widespread, but they are no longer accepted. As a sample I copy a bit from Chapter 17 about Dutch painting (page 203/location 2624) below:
(quote)
THE DUTCH PEOPLE AND THEIR ART: Though Holland produced a somewhat
different quality of art from Flanders and Belgium, yet in many
respects the people at the north were not very different from those at
the south of the Netherlands. They were perhaps less versatile, less
volatile, less like the French and more like the Germans. Fond of
homely joys and the quiet peace of town and domestic life, the Dutch
were matter-of-fact in all things, sturdy, honest, coarse at times,
sufficient unto themselves, and caring little for what other people
did. Just so with their painters. They were realistic at times to
grotesqueness. Little troubled with fine poetic frenzies they painted
their own lives in street, town-hall, tavern, and kitchen, conscious
that it was good because true to themselves.
(unquote)

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER I.EGYPTIAN PAINTING
CHAPTER II.CHALDÆO-ASSYRIAN, PERSIAN, PHOENICIAN, CYPRIOTE, AND ASIA MINOR PAINTING
CHAPTER III.GREEK, ETRUSCAN, AND ROMAN PAINTING
CHAPTER IV.ITALIAN PAINTING--EARLY CHRISTIAN AND MEDIÆVAL PERIOD, 200-1250
CHAPTER V.ITALIAN PAINTING--GOTHIC PERIOD, 1250-1400
CHAPTER VI.ITALIAN PAINTING--EARLY RENAISSANCE, 1400-1500
CHAPTER VII.ITALIAN PAINTING--EARLY RENAISSANCE, 1400-1500, _Continued_
CHAPTER VIII.ITALIAN PAINTING--HIGH RENAISSANCE, 1500-1600
CHAPTER IX.ITALIAN PAINTING--HIGH RENAISSANCE, 1500-1600, _Continued_
CHAPTER X.ITALIAN PAINTING--HIGH RENAISSANCE, 1500-1600, _Continued_
CHAPTER XI.ITALIAN PAINTING--THE DECADENCE AND MODERN WORK, 1600-1894
CHAPTER XII.FRENCH PAINTING--SIXTEENTH, SEVENTEENTH, AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES
CHAPTER XIII.FRENCH PAINTING--NINETEENTH CENTURY
CHAPTER XIV.FRENCH PAINTING--NINETEENTH CENTURY, _Continued_
CHAPTER XV.SPANISH PAINTING
CHAPTER XVI.FLEMISH PAINTING
CHAPTER XVII.DUTCH PAINTING
CHAPTER XVIII.GERMAN PAINTING
CHAPTER XIX.BRITISH PAINTING
CHAPTER XX.AMERICAN PAINTING
POSTSCRIPT
INDEX

(I am a Dutch student of Cultural Sciences, including Art History.)
Meztisho
the major failing of this book is its utter lack of illustration.
the author is writing more of an editorial view of the artists he covers and shares his opinions freely. It is fascinating to read a history that predates Van Gogh & Picasso, and seems to skim over-quickly the Leonardo & Rembrandt impacts on the world, in favour of dozens of lesser know figures.
As I.said, it is a review based out of a time with much less access to Information and consideration for opposing views on art.
I consider and recommend it as an academic read, but not a historical or remotely conclusive account of art.
Mamuro
This is an old-fashioned history based more on the author’s opinion than any historical facts. It is useful as primer which is his stated purpose. He divides western art history into 20 chapters; Each covering a country and time. He then runs through the very briefest of overview and list of each painter of note with his views on the painter’s worth. Each chapter also contains a list of books that cover the topic in more detail and a list of works to view.
The endless list can be tiresome to read. I found that I skimmed most of those parts and just read the overviews.
Wyameluna
too awesome for my kindle to handle. kindle shuts down and glitches out constantly. I was very interested in this title but I had to abandon the kindle because it couldn't keep anything open.
Ishnjurus
Thank you for making this low cost book available for lovers of classical art.
Gaiauaco
There are no pictures. It is impossible to describe a printing without seeing the painting. The index of painters with hot keys is off, pushing the hot key does not bring you to the page on the painter.
Felhann
Good because for free.
No images! Not sure why bother converting a book for kindle if images aren't going to be carried over. Especially on a book specifically about artists and painting. Without images the book is very dry and long, but still informative for it's time.