"Handout What is Art History"
ART 221 • Myers What is Art History? Study of the visual and tangible objects humans Questions art historians ask: make and the structures humans build: How old is it? What is its style? Architecture o Period Style Sculpture o Regional Style Pictorial Arts: o Personal Style o Painting What is its subject? o Drawing o Religious o Printmaking o Historical o Photography o Mythological Craft Arts: o Genre o Ceramics o Portraiture o Metalwork o Landscape o Textiles o Still Life o Jewelry o Iconography Not: o Symbols* o Performing Arts Who made it? o School Who paid for it? o Patrons Words art historians use: Form and composition Proportion and scale Material and technique o Golden Section Line Carving and Casting Color o Subtractive o Additive light o Additive o Subtractive light o Armature o Hue Relief Sculpture o Tonality o In-the-round o Intensity o Bas relief Texture Architectural drawings Space, mass, and volume o Plan o Illusionistic o Section Perspective and foreshortening o Elevation o Cutaway