Thursday, April 06, 2006

Essence of Line readings

In May (Mon. May 22, 10:30am-12:30pm OR Wed. May 24, 6:00-8:00pm to be specific), Patricia McDonnell will give an introduction to the Essence of Line exhibition.


Before the Essence of Line intro on May 22 and 24, please read the following in the “Responding to Art” textbook:

  • pages 456–471: “Eighteenth-Century Art: Baroque to Rococo to Neoclassical” and “Neoclassicism, Democracy, and Revolution”, including “Appreciation 30”  This is the period before the Essence of Line exhibition starts, and it is important background information. 
  • chapter 16 (pages 477–513): “Art in the Nineteenth Century: Romanticism to Post-Impressionism” which covers Romanticism, Classical Art, Romantic Art and Architecture and Design, Naturalism, Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.



We will be trying to use the “Responding to Art” textbook more often in the future, so I recommend that you purchase a copy if you don’t already own it. We will also be using it in the next docent training session which is scheduled to start in Fall, 2006. Tara Young (a former docent coordinator) did quite a bit of research to find an art history text that was easy to read and thorough.


You can buy the “Responding to Art” textbook from us for $60, from for about $78 new, and you can also find it second-hand for much cheaper on and other places.


Also, don’t forget that we have one copy of the “Responding to Art” textbook at the Docent Desk bookshelf, and you can borrow it for a few days by checking it out – at the very front of the Docent Log Binder, there are pages with instructions on how to check out books.


At the very least, please try to get your hands on a similar art history textbook so that you can read up on the topics I mentioned above. Any of the local university bookstores probably carry something similar.


Thanks for your time!



Heide Fernandez-Llamazares

Assistant Museum Educator and Docent Coordinator



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