Designed for non-art majors, this text aims to communicate the excitement, relevance, and beauty of art in discussions of the language and elements of art-media, methods, content, composition, style and the purposes of art. "Preliminary Sketches" offer facts preceding each chapter to stimulate interest in the subject matter. "A Closer Look" provides an insight into artist's personalities and features a variety of topics in greater depth. "Compare and Contrast" shows two or more works of art side-by-side focusing on their stylistic and technical similarities and differences. "Facts about Art" are related to the sciences and arts, and the social and political events of the day. "Key terms and Artist's Names" is an end-of-chapter feature higlighting the significant material
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Lois Fichner-Rathus received her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and her Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include the theory of art, feminist art history and criticism, ancient and classical art, and modern art and architecture. She is currently a professor of art at the College of New Jersey.
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