Introduction: The Basics

There are two sections in this chapter:

  1. What is Art History?
  2. The Skill of Describing

Goals
Learning Goals

      1. Summarize the 5 purposes of art, as outlined by philosopher Alain de Botton
      2. Explain the value of studying art
      3. Identify the characteristics of a good description, and explain why description is so important to the study of art