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Overview

Art History covers the Western tradition and the cultures of the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas - each on its own terms. The world's finest paintings, sculpture, and works of architecture are covered here, as are drawings, photographs, works in metal, ceramics, and textiles. All are discussed within the social, religious, and intellectual contexts of their creation. The authors also address intriguing issues surrounding art: Is art taken as war booty a matter of protection or theft? How does the "title" of an artwork affect our perception of its meaning? What explains the relatively low number of women artists? Special sections on techniques illustrate practical matters of production; for example, how Japanese armor was constructed, the process used to make ancient coins, how a camera works, the steps in the lost-wax casting process, and weaving and embroidery techniques. Architecture receives particular attention in hundreds of clearly labeled drawings and diagrams. All terms - even the most basic - are defined when first introduced and are included in the 900-word glossary.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Destined to establish itself as a modern classic, this hugely informative, wholly enjoyable global history of art from prehistoric times to the present views art as a fundamental, inextricable vehicle for the human spirit. Although Western visual art and architecture receive the most attention, there is also extensive coverage of India, China, Japan, Africa, Islamic art and Pacific cultures. Few texts so wide-rangingly connect the artistic output of each period to the artists' lives, sources of funding and historical, social and political context. The 1625 stunning illustrations (761 in color) are unrivaled in their adventurous selection and quality by any book of this type. Time lines chart parallel developments across cultures and civilizations; inserts spotlight literary and intellectual trends and artists' techniques. Stokstad, art history professor at the University of Kansas, has produced both a college text and a layperson's guide that is more fun than H.W. Janson's standard History of Art, and more multicultural.
Library Journal
A new eight-pound entry in the one-volume history-of-art battle of the titans, this title competes directly with Gardner's Art Through the Ages (1926; 10th ed., 1996), Janson's History of Art (1962; 5th ed., 1995), Hartt's Art: A History (1976; 4th ed. 1993), and Honour and Fleming's The Visual Arts: A History (1982; 4th ed., 1995). Each comes with hundreds of illustrations of wildly varying quality-Stokstad's are mostly color, mostly adequate-and each attempts to combine the factual density requirements of a survey course textbook with attractive writing and narrative. In addition, at least in the recent editions, each aims to be "inclusive," discussing women and minority artists to some degree. Distinguished art historian Stokstad (Univ. of Kansas) and her coauthors, mostly colleagues, have done a creditable job. Acknowledging straight off that students today lack a deep knowledge of cultural history, Stokstad aims to be "user-friendly," and her book comes replete with a computer-like "starter kit" of definitions, explanatory text boxes on techniques, and some very good explicatory line drawings, usually architectural. Of the five competitors, four are published by Abrams and all are priced within five dollars of one another. Gardner is much more column after column of text, with little relief. Hartt, a Renaissance scholar, and Honour and Fleming, specialists in the Baroque, write with personal voices; Stokstad, a medievalist, also has a pleasant style. This reviewer recommends that libraries stock Honour and Fleming for their excellent writing and clear art historical point of view and Stockstad's work, which is well written, achieves a good balance of narrative and facts, and is the most inclusive. One caveat: The review copy of Stokstad had broken from its casing before arrival.-Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
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New edition of a two-volume text that balances formalist traditions with the newer interests of contextual art history. Reaching beyond the West to include a critical examination of the arts of other regions and cultures, it covers not only paintings and sculpture but also architecture, drawings, photographs, works in metal and ceramics, textiles, and jewelry. Attractively designed and illustrated with about 1,350 color and b&w white photographs, as well as hundreds of line drawings that include architectural plans and cutaways. Oversize: 9x12<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130825810
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Acknowledgments 7
Use Notes 15
Introduction 16
Starter Kit 29
Ch. 1 Prehistory and Prehistoric Art in Europe 34
Ch. 2 Art of the Ancient Near East 60
Ch. 3 Art of Ancient Egypt 90
Ch. 4 Aegean Art 126
Ch. 5 Art of Ancient Greece 150
Ch. 6 Etruscan Art and Roman Art 220
Ch. 7 Early Christian, Jewish, and Byzantine Art 286
Ch. 8 Islamic Art 336
Ch. 9 Art of India before 1100 364
Ch. 10 Chinese Art before 1280 394
Ch. 11 Japanese Art before 1392 420
Ch. 12 Art of the Americas before 1300 442
Ch. 13 Art of Ancient Africa 464
Ch. 14 Early Medieval Art in Europe 478
Ch. 15 Romanesque Art 506
Ch. 16 Gothic Art 544
A Brief Review of the European Middle Ages 609
Ch. 17 Early Renaissance Art in Europe 610
Ch. 18 Renaissance Art in Sixteenth-Century Europe 678
Ch. 19 Baroque, Rococo, and Early American Art 748
Ch. 20 Art of India after 1100 820
Ch. 21 Chinese Art after 1280 834
Ch. 22 Japanese Art after 1392 852
Ch. 23 Art of the Americas after 1300 872
Ch. 24 Art of Pacific Cultures 892
Ch. 25 Art of Africa in the Modern Era 908
Ch. 26 Neoclassicism and Romanticism in Europe and the United States 926
Ch. 27 Realism to Impressionism in Europe and the United States 976
Ch. 28 The Rise of Modernism in Europe and the United States 1020
Ch. 29 Art in the United States and Europe since World War II 1106
Glossary G1
Bibliography B1
Index I1
Credits C1
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