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Perspectives on Humanity in the Fine Arts

Second Edition

Gary Towne (author)

ISBN: 9781793507556

Publication Date: Aug 2020

Format: Paperback

Introduces students to the fine arts as expressions and reflections of the human condition. After introducing the elements of each art form, the book explores specific historical periods and geographical areas and presents their arts to help readers better understand their living conditions, religion, philosophy, failures, politics, and more.
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Perspectives on Humanity in the Fine Arts introduces students to the fine arts as expressions and reflections of the human condition. After introducing readers to the elements of each art form, the book explores specific historical periods and geographical areas and presents their arts to help readers better understand their living conditions, religion, philosophy, aspirations, failures, politics, and views on love and war.

Through studying a diverse group of arts–including visual art, music, dramatic art, and dance–within a specific geographical and historical context, students experience each culture as a contemporary participant might.

Areas covered include prehistory, the ancient Near East and Egypt, classical Greece and Rome, the Byzantine Empire, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, romantic and twentieth-century art forms, and others.

The second edition features vocabulary lists at the end of each chapter, many new images, and fresh content throughout, including new material on Ancient Egyptian landscape gardening; Roman architecture; Byzantine artwork; Rococo art; neoclassic art and landscaping; romanticism in the arts; and realism.

Perspectives on Humanity in the Fine Arts is intended for survey courses that cover the fine arts for non-majors.
Pages 564
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Aug 2020
Publisher Cognella Academic Publishing
Subject/s History of art / art & design styles   Painting & paintings   Human figures depicted in art  
Gary Towne earned his bachelor's degree in music theory at Yale University and his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Now a professor of music history and fine arts at the University of North Dakota, Dr. Towne has taught music history and theory, historical performance, and interdisciplinary courses on arts and culture. He twice received Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation grants and was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar. He has written extensively on the music and composers of Bergamo, Italy, and his interest in period music in Bergamo led to the discovery of a previously unrecognized sixteenth-century organ manuscript.

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