Synopses & Reviews
In the mid 1920's a teacher at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago had a vision to provide students and instructors with a textbook that would introduce them to the artistic legacy of not only Europe, but of the entire globe. In 1926, Harcourt Brace and Company published that vision - ART THROUGH THE AGES. Since that time, Helen Gardner's vision has been the leader in educating students about the artistic legacy of the world. For the past 75 years, ART THROUGH THE AGES has defined the introductory art history course. The intention of this classic, in Helen Gardner's words, has been "to introduce the reader to certain phases of art, architecture, painting, sculpture, and the minor arts from the remote days of the glacial age in Europe, through successive civilizations of the Near East, Europe, America, and the Orient, to the twentieth century." Now, as we begin a new millennium, we do so with the eleventh edition. This text is more accessible and easier to read for students, but does not compromise the richness of the Gardner tradition.
About the Author
Fred S. Kleiner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the author or co-author of the 1st and 2nd editions of Art through the Ages: A Concise History, as well as the 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th editions of Art through the Ages: A Global History, and more than a hundred publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture, including A History of Roman Art, also published by Wadsworth. He has taught the art history survey course for more than three decades, first at the University of Virginia and, since 1978, at Boston University, where he is currently Professor of Art History and Archaeology and Chair of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. From 1985 to 1998, he was Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Long acclaimed for his inspiring lectures and devotion to students, Professor Kleiner won Boston University?s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the College Prize for Undergraduate Advising in the Humanities in 2002, and he is a two-time winner of the Distinguished Teaching Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and, in 2009, in recognition of lifetime achievement in publication and teaching, a Fellow of the Text and Academic Authors Association.Christin J. Mamiya received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of California--Los Angeles, and is Professor of Art History at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities from the University of Nebraska in 2001, Professor Mamiya specializes in the areas of modern, postmodern, and Oceanic art. She has published a book on Pop art, as well as many articles, catalog essays, and book reviews. She is an active participant in the wider community as both a curator and lecturer.Richard G. Tansey passed away before the publication of GARDNER'S WESTERN ART THROUGH THE AGES. However, his contributions to the book over that last thirty years are evident on every page and remain an enduring legacy even in this new presentation of the material. Professor Tansey received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught at Vassar College, the University of California--Los Angeles, Colorado College, and San Jose State University.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Subjects and Vocabulary of Art History. 1. The Birth of Art: Africa, Europe, and the Near East in the Stone Age. 2. The Rise of Civilization: The Art of the Ancient Near East. 3. Pharaohs, Tombs, and Temples: The Art of Ancient Egypt. 4. Minos and the Heroes of Homer: The Art of the Prehistoric Aegean. 5. Gods, Heroes, and Athletes: The Art of Ancient Greece. 6. Paths to Enlightenment: The Ancient Art of South and Southeast Asia. 7. Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism: The Art of Early China and Korea. 8. Sacred Statues and Secular Scrolls: The Art of Early Japan. 9. Italy before the Romans: The Art of the Etruscans. 10. From Seven Hills to Three Continents: The Art of Ancient Rome. 11. Pagans, Christians, and Jews: The Art of Late Antiquity. 12. Rome in the East: The Art of Byzantium. 13. Muhammad and the Muslims: Islamic Art. 14. From Alaska to the Andes: The Arts of the Ancient Americas. 15. South of the Sahara: Early African Art. 16. Europe after the Fall of Rome: Early Medieval Art in the West. 17. The Age of Pilgrims and Crusaders: Romanesque Art. 18. The Age of the Great Cathedrals: Gothic Art. 19. From Gothic to Renaissance: The Fourteenth Century in Italy. 20. Of Piety, Passion, and Politics: Fifteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain. 21. Humanism and the Allure of Antiquity: Fifteenth-Century Italian Art. 22. The Beautiful, Spiritual, and Scientific in Art: The High Renaissance and Mannerism. 23. The Age of Reformation: Sixteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain. 24. Of Popes, Peasants, Monarchs, and Merchants: Art of the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries in Europe. 25. Religious Change and Colonial Rule: The Later Art of South and Southeast Asia. 26. Incursion, Restoration, and Transformation in East Asia: The Later Art of China and Korea. 27. From the Shoguns to the Present: The Art of Later Japan. 28. The Enlightenment and Its Legacy: Neoclassicism through the Mid-Nineteenth Century. 29. The Rise of Modernism: The Later Nineteenth Century. 30. Before and After the Conquistadors: The Later Native Arts of the Americas. 31. Elders, "Big Men," Chiefs, and Kings: The Arts of Oceania and Australia. 32. Exploration, Colonization, and Independence: Later African Art. 33. The Triumph of Modernist Art: The Early Twentieth Century. 34. The Emergence of Postmodernism: The Later Twentieth Century.