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New History of Art Undergraduate students may wish to read these books over the summer. They offer introductions to periods and concepts in the History of Art.

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They also offer introductions to theories about art and its history and introductions to key art-historical methodologies. We hope you find them interesting and helpful.

  • Ann D'Alleva - How to Write Art History (London, 2006)
  • Richard Brettell – Modern Art 1851-1929: Capitalism and Representation (Oxford, 1999)
  • Cynthia Freeland – But is it Art? An  Introduction to Art Theory (Oxford, 2001)
  • Rosalind Krauss, Hal Foster et al, Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism (London, 2004)
  • Marcia Pointon – Art History. A Student’s Handbook (London, 1997)
  • Mary Ann Staniszewski – Believing is Seeing: Creating the Culture of Art (London, 1995)
  • Evelyn Welch – Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500 (Oxford, 2000)

Please contact hoa-ug-admissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk if you have any questions or wish to discuss any of the books.