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A History of Western Art / Edition 5

A History of Western Art / Edition 5

by Laurie Schneider Adams


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A History of Western Art / Edition 5

Appropriate for one-semester art history surveys or historically-focused art appreciation classes, A History of Western Art, Fifth Edition, combines sound scholarship, lavish visuals, and a lively narrative to provide students with an accessible and engaging introduction to art history. Focusing on the Western canon, the text presents a compelling chronological narrative from prehistory to the present. A non-Western supplement, World Views: Topics in Non-Western Art, addresses specific areas of non-Western art and augments the Western chronology by illustrating moments of thematic relationships and cross-cultural contact.

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ISBN-13: 9780073379227
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 10/15/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 128,116
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Laurie Schneider Adams received a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University. She is Professor of Art History at John Jay College, City University of New York, where she teaches art survey, and at the Graduate Center, where she teaches courses on the Italian Renaissance and on Art and Psychoanalysis. She has published articles on iconography and on art and psychology. She is the editor of Giotto in Perspectiveand of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art; the author of A History of Western Art, The Methodologies of Art, Art and Psychoanalysis, and Art on Trial; and co-author (with Maria Grazia Pernis) of Federico da Montefeltro and Sigismondo Malatesta: The Eagle and the Elephant and of 5 children's books (with Allison Coudert).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Do We Study the History of Art?

The Artistic Impulse

The Values of Art

Art and Illusion


Archeology and Art History

Methodlogies of Art History

Chapter 2: The Language of Art








Light and Color


Stylistic Terminology

Chapter 3: Prehistoric Western Europe

The Stone Age


Beyond the West: Rock Paintings of Australia



Chapter 4: The Ancient Near East

Neolithic Era


Anatolia: The Hittites


Chapter 5: Ancient Egypt

The Gift of the Nile

The Pharaohs

The Egyptian Concept of Kingship

The Palette of Narmer

The Old Kingdom

The Middle Kingdom

The New Kingdom

Tutankhamon’s Tomb

Chapter 6: The Aegean

Cycladic Civilization

Discoveries at Thera

Minoan Civilization

Mycenaean Civilization

Chapter 7: The Art of Ancient Greece

Cultural Identity

Government and Philosophy

Literature and Drama

“Man is the Measure of Things”

Painting and Pottery


Classical Architecture: The Athenian Acropolis

Late Classical Style

Hellenistic Period

Chapter 8: The Art of the Etruscans


Pottery and Sculpture

Women in Etruscan Art

Funerary Art

Chapter 9: Ancient Rome

Architectural Types

Sculptural Types

Mural Painting

Chapter 10: Early Christian and Byzantine Art

A New Religion

Constantine and Christianity

Early Christian Art

Justinian and the Byzantine Style

The Codex

Later Byzantine Developments

Chapter 11: The Early Middle Ages

Islamic Art

Northern European Art

Ottonian Period

Chapter 12: Romanesque Art

Economic and Political Development

Pilgrimage Roads



Mural Painting

The Bayeux Tapestry

Chapter 13: Gothic Art

Origins of the Gothic Style in France

Early Gothic Architecture: Saint-Denis

Elements of Gothic Architecture

Romanesque Precursors of Gothic

The Age of Cathedrals


Later Developments of the French Gothic Style English Gothic

Chapter 14: Precursors of the Renaissance

Thirteenth–Century Italy

Fourteenth–Century Italy

The International Gothic Style

Chapter 15: The Early Renaissance

Italy in the Fifteenth Century

Early Fifteenth–Century Painting

Early Fifteenth–Century Sculpture: Donatello’s David

Second–Generation Developments

Fifteenth–Century Painting in the Netherlands

Chapter 16: The High Renaissance in Italy


Painting and Sculpture

Developments in Venice

Chapter 17: Mannerism and the Later Sixteenth Century in Italy


Counter–Reformation Painting

Architecture: Andrea Palladio

Chapter 18: Sixteenth–Century Painting in Northern Europe

The Netherlands


Chapter 19: The Baroque Style in Western Europe

Baroque Style


Sculpture: Gianlorenzo Bernini

Italian Baroque Painting

Baroque Painting in Northern Europe

Beyond the West: Mughal Art

Spanish Baroque Painting: Diego Velázquez

French Baroque Painting: Nicolas Poussin

Chapter 20: Rococo and the Eighteenth Century

Beyond the West: The Pagoda

The Age of Enlightenment

Rococo Painting

Rococo Architecture

Architectural Revivals

Bourgeois Realism: Jean-Baptiste Chardin

American Painting

Chapter 21: Neoclassicism: The Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

The Neoclassical Style in France

Development in America

Chapter 22: Romanticism: The Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

Romantic Trends in Architecture

Sculpture: François Rude


Chapter 23: Nineteenth-Century Realism

French Realist Painting


American Realist Painting

French Realism of the 1860s


Chapter 24: Nineteenth-Century Impressionism

Painting in France

Beyond the West: Japanese Woodblock Prints

French Sculpture: Auguste Rodin

American Painting at the Turn of the Century

“Art for Art’s Sake”

Chapter 25: Post-Impressionism and the Late Nineteenth Century

Post-Impressionist Painting

Beyond the West: Gaugin and Oceania


Naïve Painting: Henri Rousseau

Chapter 26: The Early Twentieth Century: Picasso, Fauvism, Expressionism, and Matisse




Chapter 27: Cubism, Futurism, and Related Twentieth–Century Styles


Other Early Twentieth-Century Developments


The International Style

Chapter 28: Dada, Surrealism, Social Realism, and Abstraction



Sculpture Derived from Surrealism

The United States: Regionalism and Social Realism


Toward American Abstraction

Chapter 29: Abstract Expressionism

The Teachers: Hans Hoffman and Josef Albers

Abstract Expressionism

Action Painting

Color Field Painting

West Coast Abstraction: Richard Diebenkorn


Chapter 30: Pop Art, Op Art , and Minimalism

Pop Art in England: Richard Hamilton

Pop Art in the United States: Painting


Op Art


Action Sculpture: Joseph Beuys

Chapter 31: Innovation, Continuity, and Globalization

Return to Realism


Environmental Art

Feminist Art

”Plus ça change…”


Suggestions for Further Reading


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