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Gardner's art through the ages.
Gardner, Helen, 1878-1946.
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Art through the ages
Eleventh edition / Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya, Richard G. Tansey.
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Fort Worth, TX : Harcourt College Publishers, [2001]

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xlvii, 1198 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
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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.

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Library Journal Review

Tansey and Kleiner have collaborated on the most thorough revision since 1970 of one of the central monuments of art-historical study. Extensively reorganized and rewritten, this massive book now contains five more chapters than the 9th edition. Among the beneficiaries are both African and Etruscan art, which each have their own chapter for the first time. Somewhat larger, more colorful illustrations, maps, and chronologies add to the overall improved look of this new version. As before, the prose is dense but readable, focusing primarily on appreciative descriptions of exemplary works and emphasizing the periodicity of artistic style. In a new concluding chapter, the authors acknowledge recent revisionist challenges to this more traditional approach. It's a cursory tip of the hat to postmodernism, followed by unconvincing attempts to legislate categories within the art of the 1980s and 1990s. Far better is the way most of the book deals with earlier eras, so that this remains the benchmark text against which all other general surveys can be measured. An improvement upon an already first-rate work; highly recommended.‘Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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