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Art Historyby Marilyn Stokstad
Synopses & Reviews
In a very short time, Marilyn Stokstad's Art History has become the gold standard of introductions to the history of art. It has transformed the way the field of art history is perceived and experienced. Engaging, accessible, and, just as important, fun, Art History gives today's readers cultural and social context for art along with eloquent visual explanations of art's special qualities and particular vocabularies. Its animated and clear narrative tells the many-sided story of art, starting with the earliest prehistoric paintings and sculpture through today's wildly varying works in new mediums.
In addition to offering an outstanding collection of color illustrations, Art History features glorious maps, chronologies, and scores of labeled line drawings and architectural plans. Special essays called "The Object Speaks" offer tantalizing insights on topics such as authenticity, patronage, and artistic intention.
Thoroughly updated to reflect the latest in scholarship, this Revised Second Edition features even more works in color and more newly cleaned or restored works. Many works of art are completely new to the book, including a wall painting from Chauvet cave, a page from the Morgan Library Picture Bible, Bronzino's Allegory with Venus and Cupid, Claude Lorrain's Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, and Courbet's The Stone Breakers, among many others. The addition of cutting edge contemporary artists Jeff Wall and Jennifer Steinkampt, and architect Daniel Libeskind bring present-day currency to the book's scope. More attention has been paid to the art and culture of the Islamic world and specifically the Ottoman Empire.
Art History Portable Edition by Marilyn Stokstad offers exactly the same content as Art History, Third Edition but in smaller individual booklets for maximum student portability. The combined six segment set consists of four booklets that correspond to major periods in Western art and two that cover global art. Each book is available individually, making them ideal for courses focused on individual periods.
Book 6: Art History: Eighteenth to Twenty-First Century can be used for such courses as:
Book 1: Art History: Ancient Art
Book 2: Art History: Medieval Art
Book 3: Art History: A View of the World, Part One: Asian, African, and Islamic Art and Art of the Americas
Book 4: Art History: Fourteenth to Seventeenth Century Art
Book 5: Art History: A View of the World, Part Two: Asian, African, and Oceanic Art and Art of the Americas
Book 6: Art History: Eighteenth to Twenty-First Century
Art History presents a broad view of art from prehistory through the Gothic Age, it sympathetically and positively introduces the works of all artists. This includes women, artists of color, and the arts of other continents and regions, as well as those of Western Europe and the United States. Broad in scope and depth, this beautifully illustrated work features art from the following time periods and places: prehistoric art in Europe; ancient art of the Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, and Greece; Roman and Etruscan art; Jewish, early Christian, and Byzantine art; Islamic art; medieval art in Europe; Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance art; Baroque art; the rise of modern art; and the international Avant-Garde since 1945.
Marilyn Stokstad has been introducing the history of art to students and to the public for more than forty years, nurturing an educated, enthusiastic audience for the arts. She firmly believes that everyone can and should enjoy their introduction to art history. Only then will they learn to appreciate art as the most tangible creation of the human imagination.
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
1. Prehistory and Prehistoric Art in Europe.
The Paleolithic Period. The Neolithic Period. The Bronze Age. The Iron Age. The Object Speaks: Prehistoric Woman and Man.
2. Art of the Ancient Near East.
The Fertile Crescent. Early Neolithic Cities. Sumer. Akkad. Lagash. Babylon and Mari. Assyria. Neo-Babylonia. Elam. Anatolia. Persia. The Object Speaks: The Code of Hammurabi.
3. Art of Ancient Egypt.
Neolithic And Predynastic Egypt. Early Dynastic Egypt. The Old Kingdom. The Middle Kingdom. The New Kingdom. The Continuing Influence of Egyptian Art. The Object Speaks: The Temples of Rameses II.
4. Aegean Art.
The Aegean World. The Cycladic Islands in the Bronze Age. Mainland Greece and the Mycenaean Civilization. The Object Speaks: “The Mask of Agamemnon.”
5. Art of Ancient Greece.
The Emergence of Greek Civilization. The Geometric Period. The Orientalizing Period. The Archaic Period. The Classical Period in Greek Art. The Transitional, or Early Classical, Period. The Fifth-Century Classical Period. Classical Art of the Fourth Century. The Hellenistic Period. The Object Speaks: The Parthenon.
6. Etruscan Art and Roman Art.
Etruscan Civilization. Roman History. The Republican and Augustan Periods. The Empire. The Roman City and Home. The Late Empire. The Object Speaks: The Unswept Floor.
7. Jewish, Early Christian, and Byzantine Art.
Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire. Jewish and Early Christian Art. Imperial Christian Architecture and Art. Early Byzantine Art. Middle Byzantine Art. Late Byzantine Art. The Object Speaks: The Archangel Michael.
8. Islamic Art.
Islam And Early Islamic Society. Art During the Early Caliphates. Later Islamic Society and Art.
9. Art of India before 1100.
The Indian Subcontinent. Indus Valley Civilization. The Vedic Period. The Maurya Period. The Period of the Shungas and Early Andhras. The Kushan and Later Andhra Period. The Gupta Period. The Post-Gupta Period. The Early Medieval Period.
10. Chinese Art before 1280.
The Middle Kingdom. Neolithic Cultures. Bronze Age China. The Chinese Empire: Qin Dynasty. Han Dynasty. Six Dynasties. Sui and Tang Dynasties. Song Dynasty.
11. Japanese Art before 1392.
Prehistoric Japan. Asuka Period. Nara Period. Heian Period. Kamakura Period. The Object Speaks: Monk Sewing.
12. Art of the Americas before 1300.
The New World. Mesoamerica. Central America. South America: The Central Andes. North America.
13. Art of Ancient Africa.
The Lure of Ancient Africa. Saharan Rock Art. Sub-Saharan Civilizations. Other Urban Centers.
14. Early Medieval Art in Europe.
The Middle Ages. The British Isles and Scandinavia. Christian Spain. Langobard Italy. Carolingian Europe. Scandinavia: The Vikings. Ottonian Europe. The Object Speaks: The Doors of Bishop Bernward.
15. Romanesque Art.
Romanesque Culture. France and Northern Spain. The North Sea Kingdoms. The Holy Roman Empire. Ancient Rome and Romanesque Italy. The Object Speaks: The Bayeux Tapestry.
16. Gothic Art.
The Gothic Style. France. England. Spain. Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. Italy. The Object Speaks: Notre-Dame of Paris.
17. Early Renaissance Art in Europe.
The Renaissance and Humanism. Art of the French Ducal Courts. Art of Flanders. The Spread of the Flemish Style. The Graphic Arts. Art of Italy. The Object Speaks: The Foundling Hospital.
18. Renaissance Art in Sixteenth-Century Europe.
Europe in the Sixteenth Century. The Classical Phase of the Renaissance in Italy. The Renaissance and Reformation in Germany. Late Renaissance Art in Italy. Renaissance Art in France. Renaissance Art in Spain. Renaissance Painting in the Netherlands. Renaissance Art in England. The Object Speaks: Feast in the House of Levi.
19. Baroque Art in Europe and North America.
The Baroque Period. Italy. France. Habsburg Germany and Austria. Habsburg Spain. Spanish Colonies in the Americas. The Southern Netherlands/Flanders. The Northern Netherlands/United Dutch Republic. England. English Colonies in North America. The Object Speaks: Brueghel and Rubens's Sight.
20. Art of India after 1100.
Late Medieval Period. Mughal Period. The Modern Period.
21. Chinese Art after 1280.
The Mongol Invasions. Yuan Dynasty. Ming Dynasty. Qing Dynasty. The Modern Period.
22. Japanese Art after 1392.
Muromachi Period. Momoyama Period. Edo Period. The Meiji and Modern Periods.
23. Art of the Americas after 1300.
Indigenous American Art. Mexico and South America. North America. Other Contemporary Native American Artists. The Object Speaks: Hamatsa Mask.
24. Art of Pacific Cultures.
The Peopling of the Pacific. Australia. Melanesia. Micronesia. Polynesia. Recent Art in Oceania.
25. Art of Africa in the Modern Era.
Traditional and Contemporary Africa. Children and the Continuity of Life. The Spirit World. Leadership. Death and Ancestors. Contemporary Art.
26. Eighteenth-Century Art in Europe and North America.
The Enlightenment and Its Revolutions. The Rococo Style in Europe. Art in Italy. Revivals and Romanticism in Britain. Art in France. Art in North America. The Object Speaks: Georgian Silver.
27. Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States.
Europe and the United States in the Nineteenth Century. Neoclassicism and Romanticism in France. Romanticism in Spain. Romantic Landscape Painting in Europe. Naturalistic, Romantic, and Neoclassical American Art. Revival Styles in Architecture Before 1850. Early Photography in Europe. New Materials and Technology in Architecture at Midcentury. French Academic Art and Architecture. French Naturalism and Realism and their Spread. Late-Nineteenth-Century Art in Britain. Impressionism. Post Impressionism. Art in the United States. The Object Speaks: Raft of the “Medusa.”
28. The Rise of Modernism in Europe and North America.
Europe and the United States in the Early Twentieth Century. Early Modernist Tendencies in Europe. Cubism in Europe. Early Modernist Tendencies in the United States. Early Modern Architecture. Modernism in Europe Between the Wars. Art and Architecture in the United States Between the Wars. Early Modern Art in Canada. The Object Speaks: Portrait of a German Officer.
29. The International Avant-Garde since 1945.
The World Since 1945. Postwar European Art. Abstract Expressionism. Alternatives to Abstract Expressionism. From Modernism to Postmodernism. Postmodernism. The Object Speaks: The Dinner Party.
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