The Art of Looking at Art
Rowman & Littlefield (2020)
Reviewed by Verna Coy for Reader Views (05/2021)
Did you ever wander around an art gallery completely lost in the paintings? This book will tell you the why of art, why art affects us the way it does, how it came to be and who paints using which style. All of these elements play out in “The Art of Looking at Art” by Gene Wisniewski.
I enjoyed this book from the beginning. It contains wonderful examples of artworks. From the masterpieces of Michelangelo to Picasso, this book takes the reader on a journey that encompasses artwork through the ages. The tour encompasses much history and different styles of art and artists.
I loved learning about how artists think, what they’re trying to tell the world through the expressionism of their chosen medium of artwork. The instruction in this book is a valuable resource for understanding the world of art better, and I felt like I was learning something unique about the art world with each new presentation as I progressed through the volume.
There is a great wealth of art history in this book. I believe it would be perfect as a course for anyone interested in learning about the history and basics of art in all forms. The cultural influences of art are highlighted in this writing, and I enjoyed the lessons about how an artist is touched by culture and personal beginnings.
The diversity in this work is another significant aspect of how it reaches out to all people. It’s important for readers to know that everyone can have an eye for art. It isn’t just something that only appeals to a small percentage of people. Everyone enjoys art in some way.
One of the best things about this book is the full-color illustrations. They add the visuals that the book and its readers need and help to set the tone for the book as a whole. It feels like a tour through a gallery, as well as a learning experience.
The editing in this work is exceptionally done. I am rating this book with 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who would like to learn more about art!