Synopses & Reviews
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. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus deepened their understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. By virtue of its comprehensive coverage, strong emphasis on context, and rich, accurate art reproductions, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has earned and sustained a reputation of excellence and authority. So much so, that in 2001, the Text and Academic Authors Association awarded both the McGuffey and the "Texty" Book Prizes to the Eleventh Edition of the text. It is the first art history book to win either award and the only title ever to win both prizes in one year. The Twelfth Edition maintains and exceeds the richness of the Gardner legacy with updated research and scholarship and an even more beautiful art program featuring more color images than any other art history book available. The Twelfth Edition features such enhancements as more color photographs, a stunning new design, and the most current research and scholarship. What's more, the expanded ancillary package that accompanies GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES, features a wealth of tools to enhance your students' experience in the course. With each new copy of the book, students receive a copy of the ArtStudy 2.0 CD-ROM--an interactive electronic study aid that fully integrates with the Twelfth Edition and includes hundreds of high-quality digital images, plus maps, quizzes, and more.
"The writing is snappy and engaging, the content is excellent with substantial contextual information including patronage and reception, and the "boxed information" is useful and not just flashy graphics to make the book seem interesting and trendy."
"The superior quality of its photos and illustrations is one of the principal reasons that the Department of Art History has consistently used Art through the Ages."
"Three strengths of Gardner's are: the choice of imagery discussed; the quality and size of the images, and the clarity; and detail of the discussion which includes a strong balance between style and history."
The most widely read history of art in the English language for more than 80 years, GARDNER has built its stellar reputation on the inclusion of the most significant images and monuments, discussions of these images in their full historical and cultural context, reproductions of unsurpassed quality, scholarship that is up-to-date and deep, and more help for students and instructors than any other survey text. The 13th Edition adds to this heritage with new images and new full-color reconstructions, as well as a unique "scale" feature that helps students visualize the size of each work.
As fascinating as a real visit to the world's famous museums and architectural sites, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY gives you a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions--plus all the study tools you need to excel in your art history course! Easy to read and understand, this 13th Edition of the most widely read history of art book in the English language is the only textbook that includes a unique "scale" feature (accompanying the book's photographs of paintings and other artworks) that will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. You'll also find materials that will help you master the key topics quickly and help you study for your exams--for example, "The Big Picture" overviews at the end of every chapter, a special global timeline, and ArtStudy Online (a free interactive study guide that includes flash cards of images and quizzes).
About the Author
Fred S. Kleiner is Professor of Art History and Archaeology and Chairman of the Art History Department of Boston University, where he has taught since 1978. Prior to that, he was a member of the faculty of the University of Virginia and a Fellow of the Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He has also excavated at Cosa, Italy, with the American Academy in Rome. From 1985 to 1998, Professor Kleiner served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. He is the author of more than a hundred publications on Greek and Roman art, architecture, and numismatics, including The Arch of Nero in Rome and scores of articles and reviews in the leading archaeological journals of North America and Europe. His research has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Professor Kleiner is also the co-author of the 10th, 11th, and 12th editions of Gardner's Art through the Ages, which in 2000 won both the Texty and McGuffey Prizes of the Text and Academic Authors Association as the best college textbook in the humanities and social sciences. Long recognized for his passionate teaching and devotion to students, Professor Kleiner has won Boston University's prestigious Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching and other teaching prizes as well as the College of Arts and Sciences Prize for Excellence in Advising in the Humanities.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. Paths to Enlightenment: The Art of South and Southeast Asia before 1200. 7. The Silk Road and Beyond: The Art of Early China and Korea. 8. Shrines, Statues, and 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. In Praise of Allah: The Art of the Islamic World. 14. From Alaska to the Andes: Native Arts of the Americas before 1300. 15. South from the Sahara: Early African Art. 16. Europe after the Fall of Rome: Early Medieval Art in the West. 17. The Age of Pilgrimages: Romanesque Art. 18. The Age of the Great Cathedrals: Gothic Art. Notes. Glossary. Bibliography. Credits. Index.