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All about Art: Essential History Tradeby Marilyn Stokstad
Synopses & Reviews
This book, an introduction to the history of art that features excellent scholarship, takes a global approach with an emphasis on the Western tradition in art. It reflects new interests and issues, expanding the topic to include women and minorities, and showing media and techniques other than painting, sculpture, and architecture. Written in clear, standard English without art historical or aesthetic jargon, Art: A Brief History is visually appealing as well as intellectually stimulating. This comprehensive survey of world art is based on the most recent scholarship, and includes coverage of arts inspired by all the major religions, the contribution of women and minorities, and contains discussions of all the arts, including ceramics, glass, metal, enamel, and the fiber arts. This book serves as an introduction to the history of art and a ready reference for people working in the arts, including museum docents, and art gallery employees, owners, and managers.
About the Author
Marilyn Stokstad, teacher, art historian, and museum curator, has been a leader in her field for decades and has served as president of the College Art Association and the International Center of Medieval Art. In 2002, she was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the National Women’s Caucus for Art. In 1997 she was awarded the Governor’s Arts Award as Kansas Art Educator of the Year and an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters by Carleton College. She is Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She has also served in various leadership capacities at the University’s Spencer Museum of Art and is Consultative Curator of Medieval Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.
Table of Contents
(NOTE: Each chapter contains Looking Forward, Closer Look, Elements of Architecture, Technique Boxes, Map, Timeline, and Looking Back features).
1. Art Before the Written Word.
Upper Paleolithic Art
Art in the Neolithic Period Early
Neolithic Communities Architecture
The Meaning(s) of Prehistoric Paintings
Megalithic Architecture Bronze and Iron Ages in Europe
Early Art Outside Europe
2. The Art of Mesopotamia and Egypt.
Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom
The Middle Kingdom
The New Kingdom
The Late Period
3. Early Asian Art Looking Forward.
The Indian Subcontinent
Gandhara and Mathura Styles
4. Art of Greece and the Aegean World.
The Cycladic Islands
Mycenaean (Late Bronze Age) Civilization
The Emergence of Greek Civilization
The Geometric Style The Archaic Period
The Early Classical Or Transitional Period
The "Golden Age" of Art
Late Classical Art of The Fourth Century
5. The Spread of Greek Art and Culture.
The Hellenistic Greeks
6. Roman Art.
The Republican Period
The Age of Augustus
The Roman House and Its Decoration
Imperial Art and Architecture
Portraits in Sculpture and Painting
The Late Empire
7. Jewish, Early Christian, and Byzantine Art.
Early Byzantine Art
Icons and Iconoclasm
Later Byzantine Art
8. Islamic Art.
Art During the Early Caliphates
Later Islamic Art
The Mughal Empire
The Ottoman Empire
9. Later Asian Art.
The South Asian Subcontinent
Pictures of the Floating World
10. Early Medieval and Romanesque Art.
Early Medieval Art in the British Isles and Scandinavia Carolingian Art
The Carolingian Basilica and Timber Architecture
The Monastery Painting in Christian Spain
The Ottonian Period
The Romanesque Period Architecture Architectural Decoration: Sculpture and Painting The Cloister Crafts
11. Gothic Art.
Gothic Art in France
Gothic Art in England
Gothic Art in the Germanic Lands
Gothic Art in Italy
Italian Panel and Mural Painting
12. Early Renaissance Art.
Northern Renaissance Art
Second Generation Painters
The Graphic Arts
Renaissance Art in Italy
13. Art of the High Renaissance and Reformation.
Venice and the Veneto
German and English Art
The Reformation and the Arts
Netherlandish and Spanish Art
14. Art for the Counter-Reformation Church: Italy Art in the Habsburg Empire.
The Protestant Netherlands
Art for the State: France
The Rococo Style
Art and Science
15. Art of the Americas.
South America: The Central Andes The Moche Culture The Inca Empire
The Aftermath of the Spanish Conquest
The Eastern Woodlands and the Great Plains
The Northwest Coast
16. African Art.
African Art in the Modern Era: Living Traditions and New Trends
Art and the Spirit World
Art and Power
17. Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism.
Neoclassicism and Its Heritage
Moralized Genre Painting
Neoclassical Architecture in England and North America
Neoclassical Painting in France
Romantic Landscape Painting
Naturalism and Realism in Europe
Painting in the United States
18. Later Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States.
Reactions Against the Academy
Art in the United States
Late-Nineteenth-Century French Sculpture
19. Modern Art: Europe and North America in the Early Twentieth Century.
Early Modern Art in Europe
Der Blaue Reiter
Responses To Cubism
Modern Art Comes to the United States
Art Between the Wars
Constructivism De Stijl Surrealism Sculpture
Art in North America
The United States
The Harlem Renaissance
20. Art Since 1945.
The "Mainstream" Crosses the Atlantic
Minimalism/Post-Minimalism and Op Art
Conceptual and Performance Art
Earthworks and Site-Specific Art
The Persistence of Modernism
Later Art with Social Impact
Installation and Electronic Art
American Craft Art
Public Memory and Art: The Memorial
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