If you are considering the History of Art for study at university, you might like to sample some of the very diverse approaches to the subject which have been reflected in more-or-less recent writing. For example:
- Baxandall, Michael ‘Painting and experience in fifteenth century Italy: a primer in the social history of pictorial style’ (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988).
- Clark, T. J. ‘The painting of modern life: Paris in the art of Manet and his followers’ (London: Thames and Hudson, 1995).
- Clunas, Craig ‘Art in China’ (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
- Crow, Thomas ‘Modern art in the common culture’ (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998).
- Kemp, Martin ‘Behind the picture: art and evidence in the Italian Renaissance’ (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1997).
- Nochlin, Linda ‘Women, art, and power: and other essays’ (London: Thames and Hudson, 1989).