Synopses & Reviews
GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE WESTERN HISTORY provides you with a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the great artistic traditions of Western civilization! Easy to read and understand, the latest edition of this best-selling art history book provides a rich cultural backdrop for each of the covered periods and geographical locations, and incorporates new artists and art forms--all reproduced according to the highest standards of clarity and color fidelity. The unique scale feature will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. Within each chapter, the "Framing the Era" overviews, a new timeline, and the chapter-ending section entitled "The Big Picture", make it easier to understand the cultural and historical forces that influenced each artwork. A complete online environment, including all images and an eBook, is also available. Go to the Museum index before your next visit to a museum to locate the works in the book.
"I love the addition of the scales -- very helpful. I like the way that Gardner walks students through a visual analysis after first elaborating on the historical context. I think this is the textbook's greatest strength."
"One of the most outstanding differences [between Gardner's and other art history texts] is the accessibility of the text. The text . . . is very streamlined. It simplifies the material . . . and the organization is more logical."
About the Author
Fred S. Kleiner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the author or co-author of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th editions of ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY, as well as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE HISTORY, and more than 100 publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture, including A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, also published by Cengage. 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. From 1985 to 1998, he was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Long acclaimed for his inspiring lectures and dedication 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 fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and, in 2009, in recognition of lifetime achievement in publication and teaching, fellow of the Text and Academic Authors Association.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What is Art History? 1. Prehistory and the First Civilizations. 2. Ancient Greece. 3. The Roman Empire. 4. Early Christianity and Byzantium. 5. The Islamic World. 6. Early Medieval and Romanesque Europe. 7. Gothic and Late Medieval Europe. 8. The Early Renaissance in Europe. 9. High Renaissance and Mannerism in Europe. 10. Baroque Europe. 11. Rococo to Neoclassicism in Europe and America. 12. Romanticism, Realism, and Photography, 1800 to 1870. 13. Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism, 1870 to 1900. 14. Modernism in Europe and America, 1900 to 1945. 15. Modernism and Postmodernism in Europe and America, 1945 to 1980. 16. Contemporary Art Worldwide.