Art History : Volume 1

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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In a very short time, Marilyn Stokstad's Art History has become the gold standard of introductions to the history of art. It 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 context for art along with eloquent visual explanations of art's special qualities and particular vocabularies. Its animated and 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. In addition to offering an outstanding collection of color illustrations, Art History features glorious maps, chronologies, and scores of labeled line drawings and architectural plans. Special essays called "The Object Speaks" offer tantalizing insights on topics such as authenticity, patronage, and artistic intention. Thoroughly updated to reflect the latest in scholarship, this Revised Second Edition features even more works in color and more newly cleaned or restored works. Many works of art are completely new to the book, including a wall painting from Chauvet cave, a page from the Morgan Library Picture Bible, Bronzino's Allegory with Venus and Cupid, Claude Lorrain's Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba, Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, and Courbet's The Stone Breakers, among many others. The addition of cutting edge contemporary artists Jeff Wall and Jennifer Steinkampt, and architect Daniel Libeskind bring present-day currency to the book's scope. More attention has been paid to the art and culture of the Islamic world and specifically the Ottoman Empire.

Table of Contents

Use Notes
Starter Kit
Prehistory and Prehistoric Art in Europe
The Paleolithic Period
The Neolithic Period
The Bronze Age
The Iron Age
The Object Speaks: Prehistoric Woman and Man
Art of the Ancient Near East
The Fertile Crescent
Early Neolithic Cities
Babylon and Mari
The Object Speaks: The Code of Hammurabi
Art of Ancient Egypt
Neolithic And Predynastic Egypt
Early Dynastic Egypt
The Old Kingdom
The Middle Kingdom
The New Kingdom
The Continuing Influence of Egyptian Art
The Object Speaks: The Temples of Rameses II
Aegean Art
The Aegean World
The Cycladic Islands in the Bronze Age
Mainland Greece and the Mycenaean Civilization
The Object Speaks: The "Mask of Agamemnon"
Art of Ancient Greece
The Emergence of Greek Civilization
The Geometric Period
The Orientalizing Period
The Archaic Period
The Classical Period in Greek Art
The Transitional, or Early Classical, Period
The Fifth-Century Classical Period
Classical Art of the Fourth Century
The Hellenistic Period
The Object Speaks: The Parthenon
Etruscan Art and Roman Art
Etruscan Civilization
Roman History
The Republican and Augustan Periods
The Empire
The Roman City and Home
The Late Empire
The Object Speaks: The Unswept Floor
Early Christian, Jewish, and Dyzantine Art
Jews And Christians in the Roman Empire
Jewish and Early Christian Art
Imperial Christian Architecture and Art
Early Byzantine Art
Middle Byzantine Art
Late Byzantine Art
The Object Speaks: The Archangel Michael
Islamic Art
Islam And Early Islamic Society
Art During the Early Caliphates
Later Islamic Society and Art
Art of India before 1100
The Indian Subcontinent
Indus Valley Civilization
The Vedic Period
The Maurya Period
The Period of the Shungas and Early An Dhras
The Kushan and Later Andhra Period
The Gupta Period
The Po St-Gupta Period
The Early Medieval Period
Chinese Art before 1280
The Middle Kingdom
Neolithic Cultures
Bronze Age China
The Chinese Empire: Qin Dynasty
Han Dynasty
Six Dynasties
Sui and Tang Dynasties
Song Dynasty
Japanese Art before 1392
Prehistoric Japan
Asuka Period
Nara Period
Heian Period
Kamakura Period
The Object Speaks: Monk Sewing
Art of the Americas before 1300
The New World
Central America
South America: The Central Andes
North America
Art of Ancient Africa
The Lure of Ancient Africa
Saharan Rock Art
Sub-Saharan Civilizations
Other Urban Centers
Early Medieval Art in Europe
The Middle Ages
The British Isles and Scandinavia
Christian Spain
Langobard Italy
Carolingian Europe
Scandinavia: The Vikings
Ottonian Europe
The Object Speaks: The Doors of Bishop Bernward
Romanesque Art
Romanesque Culture
France and Northern Spain
The North Sea Kingdoms
The Holy Roman Empire
Ancient Rome and Romanesque Italy
The Object Speaks: The Bayeux Tapestry
Gothic Art
The Gothic Style
Germany and the Holy Roman Empire
The Object Speaks: Notre-Dame of Paris
Early Renaissance Art in Europe
The Renaissance and Humanism
Art of the French Ducal Courts
Art of Flanders
The Spread of the Flemish Style
The Graphic Arts
Art of Italy
The Object Speaks: The Foundling Hospital
Renaissance Art in Sixteenth-Century Europe
Europe in the Sixteenth Century
The Classical Phase of the Renaissance In Italy
The Renaissance and Reformation in Germany
Late Renaissance Art in Italy
Renaissance Art in France
Renaissance Art in Spain
Renaissance Painting in the Netherlands
Renaissance Art in England
The Object Speaks: Feast in the House of Levi
Baroque Art in Europe and North America
The Baroque Period
Habsburg Germany and Austria
Habsburg Spain
Spanish Colonies in the Americas
The Southern Netherlands/Flanders
The Northern Netherlands/United Dutch Republic
English Colonies in North America
The Object Speaks: Brueghel and Rubens's Sight
Art of India after 1100
Late Medieval Period
Mughal Period
The Modern Period
Chinese Art after 1280
The Mongol Invasions
Yuan Dynasty
Ming Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
The Modern Period
Japanese Art after 1392
Muromachi Period
Momoyama Period
Edo Period
The Meiji and Modern Periods
Art of the Americas after 1300
Indigenous American Art
Mexico and South America
North America
Other Contemporary Native American Artists
The Object Speaks: Hamatsa Mask
Art of Pacific Cultures
The Peopling of the Pacific
Recent Art in Oceania
Art of Africa in the Modern Era
Traditional and Contemporary Africa
Children and the Continuity Of Life
The Spirit World
Death and Ancestors
Contemporary Art
Eighteenth-Century Art in Europe and North America
The Enlightenment and Its Revolutions
The Rococo Style in Europe
Art in Italy
Revivals and Romanticism in Britain
Art in France
Art in North America
The Object Speaks: Georgian Silver
Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe and the United States
Europe and the United States in the Nineteenth Century
Neoclassicism and Romanticism in France
Romanticism in Spain
Romantic Landscape Painting in Europe
Naturalistic, Romantic, and Neoclassical American Art
Revival Styles in Architecture Before
1850 Early Photography in Europe
New Materials and Technology in Architecture at Midcentury
French Academic Art and Architecture
French Naturalism and Realism and their Spread
Late-Nineteenth-Century Art in Britain
Post Impressionism
Art in the United States
The Object Speaks: Raft of the "Medusa"
The Rise of Modernism in Europe and North America
Europe and the United States in the Early Twentieth Century
Early Modernist Tendencies in Europe
Cubism in Europe
Early Modernist Tendencies in the United States
Early Modern Architecture
Modernism in Europe Between the Wars
Art and Architecture in the United States Between the Wars
Early Modern Art in Canada
The Object Speaks: Portrait of a German Officer
The International Avant-Garde since 1945
The World Since
1945 Postwar European Art
Abstract Expressionism
Alternatives to Abstract Expressionism
From Modernism to Postmodernism
The Object Speaks: The Dinner Party
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Students ought to enjoy their first course in art history. Only if they do will they want to experience and appreciate the visual arts--for the rest of their lives--as offering connections to the most tangible creations of the human imagination. To this end, we continue to seek ways to make each edition of Art History a more sensitive, engaging, supportive, and accessible learning resource. The characteristics that elicited such a warm welcome when Art Historywas first published in 1998 remain its hallmarks today in the revised second edition. HALLMARKS OF ART HISTORY Art Historyis contextual in its approach and object-based in its execution.Throughout the text we treat the visual arts, not in isolation, but within the essential contexts of history, geography, politics, religion, and other humanistic studies, and we carefully define the parameters--social, religious, political, and cultural--that either have constrained or have liberated individual artists. A feature called The Object Speaksexplores the role of a work of art within its context by focusing in depth on some of the many things a work of art may have to say. At the same time that we stay grounded in the works of art that make art history distinctive among other humanistic disciplines, we emphasize the significance of the work of art. Art Historyreflects the excitement and pleasures gained by studying art.In writing about art's history, we try to express our affection for the subject. Each chapter opens with a scene-setting vignettethat concentrates on a work of art from that chapter. Set-off text boxes,many illustrated, present interesting, thought-provoking material. A number of them follow the theme of women in the arts--as artists and as patrons. Others give insights into discoveries and controversies. The discipline of art history is many dimensional in its possibilities, and Art Historyinvites a positive sampling of these possibilities. Art Historyis comprehensive.We reach beyond the Western tradition to examine the arts of other regions and cultures, from their beginnings to the twenty-first century. We cover not only the world's most significant paintings and works of sculpture and architecture but also drawings and prints; photographs; works in metal, ceramic, and glass; textiles; jewelry; furniture and aspects of interior design (things that were once considered only utilitarian); such temporal arts as happenings and performance art; and new mediums such as video art, installation art, and digital art. Acknowledging that the majority of survey courses concentrate on the Western tradition, we have organized the chapters on non-Western arts and cultures so that art can be studied from a global perspective within an integrated sequence of Western and non-Western art. just as smoothly, non-Western material can be skipped over without losing the thread of the western narrative. Art Historyoffers a pedagogical advantage.When first published, Art Historywas instantly embraced for its groundbreaking use of drawings and diagrams to aid readers in mastering the terminology of art history. The Elements of Architectureand Technique boxesvisually explain how buildings are constructed and how artists use materials to do everything from creating cave paintings to decorating armor to making photographs. Mapsand timelinesguide the reader visually through the narrative. Every chapter has at least one map and a timeline, and the maps identify every site mentioned in the text. Terms specific to art history are printed in boldface type, which indicates their inclusion in the 900 word Glossary.The Bibliography,compiled for the second edition by distinguished art librarian, Susan Craig, h

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