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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

Gupta Period

Southeast Asia





 4. Art of Greece and the Aegean World.

The Cycladic Islands

Minoan Crete

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

The Neo-Babylonians

The Persians

The Etruscans

 6. Roman Art.

The Republican Period

The Age of Augustus

The Roman House and Its Decoration

The Empire

Imperial Art and Architecture

Portraits in Sculpture and Painting

The Late Empire

 7. Jewish, Early Christian, and Byzantine Art.

Jewish Art

Early Christianity

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

Rajput Painting




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

Secular Art

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.

Italian Art

Venice and the Veneto




Mannerist Architecture

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.



Protestant England

The Protestant Netherlands

Art for the State: France

The Rococo Style

Art and Science

15. Art of the Americas.


The Olmecs

The Maya


The Aztecs

Central America

South America: The Central Andes The Moche Culture The Inca Empire

The Aftermath of the Spanish Conquest

North America

The Southeast

The Southwest

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

The Masquerade

17. Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism.

Neoclassicism and Its Heritage

Portrait Painting

Moralized Genre Painting

Neoclassical Architecture in England and North America

Neoclassical Painting in France


Romantic Landscape Painting

Early Photography

Naturalism and Realism in Europe

Painting in the United States

18. Later Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States.


Academic Art

Reactions Against the Academy

Art Nouveau

Art in the United States


Later Impressionism


Late-Nineteenth-Century French Sculpture

19. Modern Art: Europe and North America in the Early Twentieth Century.

Early Modern Art in Europe

Expressionist Movements

Les Fauves

Die Brücke

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





The Bauhaus

20. Art Since 1945.

The "Mainstream" Crosses the Atlantic


Pop Art

Minimalism/Post-Minimalism and Op Art

Conceptual and Performance Art

Earthworks and Site-Specific Art

Feminist Art

Late Modernism/Postmodernism


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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