"Written for those new to art and art history, How to Speak Art: Understanding Its Language, Issues, and Themes uses thematic organization to explore works of art from prehistoric cave paintings to modern artists such as Christo. The book provides definitions of "art" and "artist," explains the role of the art historian, and addresses common themes in the visual arts. Readers learn to decode art through visual analysis and to use the language of the visual arts in writing. They consider issues such as the destruction and restoration of art, art theft, forgeries and misattributions, and the fate of numerous works of art during and after World War II. Each chapter includes review lists of relevant vocabulary and art works and essay questions for use on tests or as writing prompts. There are also suggestions for further reading and viewing. How to Speak Art is accessible and easy to navigate, making it ideal for introductory courses in art appreciation and visual arts, and survey courses in art history."