a How would you describe the writer's tone?
b What does t he writer t hink of more recent a rt?
c Which kinds of art does the text mention? Do you understand what these are?
d In your opinion is it necessary to understand the history of art to appreciate it?
APPRECIATING ART is very easy once you understand art history. Art started with two-dimensional cave paintings. Then came two dimensional church paintings. In the Renaissance, artists got perspective and started painting jugs. The Enlightenment brought us well-lit jugs with a side order of fruit. Romantic art depicted the landscape cave dwellers would have seen if they'd looked out, had perspective and understood lighting.
Art then became what artists saw inside them, rather than outside. Impressionism was the world seen through a couple of glasses of vin rouge. Expressionism was impressionism after the whole bottle. Vorticism was when the room started spinning, and modern conceptual art is the throwing-up stage.
Text: Oxford University Press