Synopses & Reviews
As the market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. The story of art unfolds in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, deepening students' understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. This version explores the history of art in the Western world in a concise 23-chapter format (also available in a two-volume split). GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE features such enhancements as more color photographs, a stunning new design, and the most current research and scholarship. Unique to survey texts with a Western Art focus, the authors include a chapter on Islam, providing students with insightful coverage of the Islamic tradition's impact on Western culture and art history. Additionally, every copy of the text contains a free copy of the ArtStudy 2.1 CD-ROM-an interactive electronic study aid that fully integrates with the text and includes hundreds of high-quality digital images, plus maps, quizzes, and more.
This new alternative, GARDNER'S WESTERN ART THROUGH THE AGES, offers instructors and students a brief, strictly Western approach to art history and retains all of the hallmark features of the market-leading Eleventh Edition in a concise 23-chapter format (also available in a two-volume split). Unique to books with a Western Art focus, the authors retain the chapter on Islam, providing students with insightful coverage of the Islamic tradition's impact on Western culture and art history. Featuring an outstanding art program with more color photos than any comparable art history survey textbook, the authors focus on the context and function of the role of art.
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.
Table of Contents
Preface. 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 and the Afterlife: 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. Italy before the Romans: The Art of the Etruscans. 7. From Seven Hills to Three Continents: The Art of Ancient Rome. 8. Pagans, Christians, and Jews: The Art of Late Antiquity. 9. Rome in the East: The Art of Byzantium. 10. In Praise of Allah: The Art of the Islamic World. 11. Europe after the Fall of Rome: Early Medieval Art in the West. 12. The Age of Pilgrimages: Romanesque Art. 13. The Age of the Great Cathedrals: Gothic Art. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Credits. Index.