Art History provides students with the most student-friendly, contextual, and inclusive art history survey text on the market. These hallmarks make ART HISTORY the choice for instructors who seek to actively engage their students in the study of art.
This new edition of Art History is the result of a happy and productive collaboration between two scholar-teachers (Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren) who share a common vision that survey courses on the history of art should be filled with as much enjoyment as erudition, and that they should foster an enthusiastic, as well as an educated, public for the visual arts.
IN A VERY SHORT TIME, Marilyn Stokstad's Art History has become the gold standard of introductions to the history of art. It also has transformed the way the field of art history is perceived and experienced. Engaging, accessible, and, just as important, fun, Art History gives today's readers cultural and social contexts for art along with eloquent visual explanations of art's special qualities and particular vocabularies. Its animated yet clear narrative tells the many-sided story of art, starting with the earliest prehistoric paintings and sculpture through today's wildly varying works in new mediums.
THE SECOND EDITION is illustrated with more than 900 color illustrations—including 360 new color pictures of recently cleaned and restored monuments, buildings, and art objects, and also many works that were previously illustrated in black-and-white.
Like its predecessors, this new edition seeks to balance formal and iconographic analysis with contextual art history in order to craft interpretations that will engage a diverse student population. Throughout the text, the visual arts are treated as part of a larger world, in which geography, politics, religion, economics, philosophy, social life, and the other fine arts are related components of a vibrant and cultural landscape.