Art History

The history of art refers to the history of the visual arts including painting, sculpture and architecture. Considered encyclopedically, the history of art is an attempt to survey art throughout human history, classifying cultures and periods by their distinguishing features. This is undertaken by people and institutions with diverging goals, but whose efforts interrelate, including: academic art historians, museum curators, auction house personnel, private collectors, and religious adherents. Given these agendas, it is unsurprising that there are many ways of structuring a history of art, as ...more

A Piece of the World
Leonardo da Vinci
Cooking for Picasso
Lisette's List
Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
Imagine!
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
The Bridal Chair
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
This is Van Gogh
How Do We Look: The Body, the Divine, and the Question of Civilization
Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
The Story of Art
Ways of Seeing
The Lives of the Artists
Girl with a Pearl Earring
Art Through the Ages
History of Beauty
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
The Lost Painting
History of Art
The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Concerning the Spiritual in Art
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Great books about art
48 books — 41 voters

Early Netherlandish Painting by Erwin PanofskyThe Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths by Rosalind E. KraussPrinciples of Art History by Heinrich WölfflinCézanne by Roger Eliot FryThe Nude by Kenneth  Clark
The Books that Shaped Art History
15 books — 6 voters
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar WildeThe Man Without Qualities by Robert MusilAgainst Nature by Joris-Karl HuysmansLes Fleurs du Mal by Charles BaudelaireGustav Klimt by Gilles Néret
Decadence & the Fin-de-Siècle
208 books — 188 voters

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SFMOMA Art Express
9 books — 2 voters
The Shock of the New by Robert HughesThe Story of Art by E.H. GombrichThe Letters of Vincent van Gogh by Vincent van GoghThe Illustrated Vivian Stanshall by Ki LongfellowThe Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Best Art and Art History Books
559 books — 279 voters


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