Interested in art but feel under-informed? Curious but afraid you might not “get” it? Already a fan and wishing to immerse yourself in a fun, engaging, informative and informed read that will refresh and top up your Art History 101 and Introduction to Art courses from college?
The 12-Hour Art Expert: Everything You Need to Know about Art in a Dozen Masterpieces avoids the common approach of throwing hundreds of images at a reader and expecting them to learn from and memorize them all.
Instead, the book will guide its readers through a brief series of masterpieces of Western art—from cave paintings to sharks in formaldehyde. This book twelve chapters teach readers about art, the art trade, and art history in a thorough (though concise) fashion.
Each chapter is linked to one notable masterpiece, with references to others, giving readers a fixed, digestible number of objects that they will get to know in depth, and which they can use as a lens to understand the thousands of other, related objects that they might encounter in the future.
Museums can be daunting, and art presents a strange new language, one that certainly intrigues but is often intimidating and foreign. This book, written by one of the world’s best-known art historians uses entertaining stories to break down intimidating barriers and invites readers of all ages for a one-stop immersion into art.
Noah Charney is an internationally best-selling author of more than a dozen books and a professor of art history specializing in art crime. His novel, The Art Thief, was a bestseller in five countries and is translated into 17 languages. His The Art of Forgery, Stealing the Mystic Lamb and Slovenology were international bestsellers. His book Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Charney is now a professor at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, where Charney has lived for many years.
1: Art is for All
Key Work: Fayum Mummy Portrait (circa 3rd century BC)
2: Is It Even Art? Defining Art and the Human Need for Creativity
Key Work: Marcel Duchamp Fountain (1917)
3: Art as Object and Technique
Key Work: Triptych of Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Specter by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1844)
4: Find Crivelli’s Pickle, Saint Spotting 101, Iconography and the Covert Language of Art
Key Work: Carlo Crivelli Annunciation (1486)
5: The Isms Cheat Sheet in 30 Paintings
Key Work: Artemisia Gentilleschi Judith and Holofernes (1620)
6: The “Complete”(ish) History of Sculpture
Key Work: Tracey Emin My Bed (1998)
7: When Bad Things Happen to Good Art: Conservation, Loss and Crime
Key Work: Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Jan van Eyck
8: A Digital Light in the Forest: Hi-Tech Art History Reveals Secrets
Key Work: Bosch The Wayfarer Triptych: Death and the Miser
9: What Would Freud Say? Art, Psychoanalysis and Neuroscience
Key Work of Art: Son of Man by Magritte
10: Art and Value: The Art Market, Digitalization and How to Shop for Art
Key Work of Art: Everydays – The First 5000 Days by Beeple
11: Art History as Mystery: New Discoveries (and What Happens When the Experts Get it Wrong)
Key work: Saint Sebastian attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
12: The Future of Art
Key Work: Quantum Memories by Refik Anadol
This book is -- dare I say it -- a masterpiece. Noah Charney is my favorite guide to the world of fine art. He makes it accessible, fascinating and fun -- and shows us why fine art is still relevant in the age of Tik Tok.
50 color photographs on glossy paper