Janson's Basic History of Western Art

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  • Copyright: 2008-09-30
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Know around the globe simply as "Janson," Jansonrs"s History of Art has introduced generations of students and scholars to the history of art, and has inspired millions of art lovers. This is the first concise version of the text to be thoroughly rewritten by a headline-making team of six distinguished experts. Richly illustrated and updated throughout, this family classic provides an inviting exploration of 30,000 years of Western Art. This edition uses an exceptional art programwith sumptuous color picturesto introduce readers to a succession of art styles from prehistoric times and ancient Egypt, to the vast world of Western painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and the minor arts. Elegantly written, it contains a balanced and interesting narrative that increases oners"s ability to understand art, even as it encourages further exploration into the vast and rewarding topic.

Author Biography

Penelope J. E. Davies is Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. She is a scholar of Greek and Roman art and architecture as well as a field archaeologist. She is author of Death and the Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monuments from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, winner of the Vasari Award.


Walter B. Denny is a Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  In addition to exhibition catalogues, his publications include books on Ottoman Turkish carpets, textiles, and ceramics, and articles on miniature painting, architecture and architectural decoration.


Frima Fox Hofrichter is Professor and former Chair of the History of Art and Design department at Pratt Institute.  She is author of Judith Leyster, A Dutch Artist in Holland’s Golden Age, which received CAA’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund Award.


Joseph Jacobs is an independent scholar, critic, and art historian of modern art in New York City.  He was the curator of modern art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, director of the Oklahoma City Art Museum, and curator of American art at The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.


David L. Simon is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he received the Basset Teaching Award in 2005. Among his publications is the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters.


Ann M. Roberts, Professor of Art at Lake Forest College has published essays, articles and reviews on both Northern and Italian Renaissance topics. Her research focuses on women in the Renaissance, and her most recent publication is entitled Dominican Women and Renaissance Art:The Convent of San Domenico of Pisa.


H. W. Janson was a legendary name in art history.  During his long career as a teacher and scholar, he helped define the discipline through his impressive books and other publications. 


Anthony F. Janson forged a distinguished career as a professor, scholar, museum professional and writer.  From the time of his father’s death in 1982 until 2004, he authored History of Art.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Faculty and Student Resources
The Power of Art and the Impact Of Context
What is Art?
Art and Aesthetics
Illusionism and Meaning in Art
Can a Mechanical Process be Art?: Photography
Can Architecture Communicate Ideas?
The Language of Art
Experiencing Art
The Ancient World
Prehistoric Art
Paleolithic Art
Interpreting Prehistoric Painting
Paleolithic Carving
Neolithic Art
Settled Societies and Neolithic Art
Architecture: Tombs and Rituals
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Sumerian Art
Temple Architecture: Linking Heaven and Earth
Visual Narratives
Art Of Akkad
Sculpture: Power
Neo-Sumerian Revival
Babylonian Art
The Code of Hammurabi
Assyrian Art
Art of Empire: Expressing Royal Power
Late Babylonian Art
Iranian Art
The Persian Empire: Cosmopolitan Heirs to the Mesopotamian Tradition
Egyptian Art
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Art
The Palette of King Narmer
The Old Kingdom: A Golden Age
Old Kingdom Funerary Complexes
The Pyramids at Giza: Reflecting a New Royal Role
Representing the Human Figure
The Middle Kingdom: Reasserting Tradition Through the Arts
Royal Portraiture: Changing Expressions and Proportions
The New Kingdom: Restored Glory
Royal Burials in the Valley of the Kings
Temples to the Gods
Akhenaten and the Amarna Style
The Amarna Style
Tutankhamun and the Aftermath of Amarna
Aegean Art
Early Cycladic Art
Minoan Art
The Palace at Knossos
Wall Paintings: Representing Rituals and Nature
Minoan Pottery and Faience
Late Minoan Art
Mycenaean Art
Architecture: Citadels
Mycenaean Tombs and Their Contents
Greek Art
The Emergence of Greek Art: The Geometric Style
Geometric Style Pottery
The Orientalizing Style: Horizons Expand
Archaic Art: Art of the City-State
The Rise of Monumental Temple Architecture
Temple Plans: Reading Architectural Drawings
The Greek Gods and Goddesses
Stone Sculpture
Architectural Sculpture: The Building Comes Alive
Greek Heroes and Civic Values
Vase Painting: Art of the Symposium
The Classical Age
Classical Sculpture
The Indirect Lost-Wax Process
Architecture and Sculpture on the Athenian Akropolis
The Late Classical Period
Late Classical Architecture: Civic and Sacred
Late Classical Sculpture
The Age of Alexander and the Hellenistic Period
Architecture: The Scholarly Tradition and Theatricality
Hellenistic Sculpture: Expression and Movement
Hellenistic Painting
Etruscan Art
Funerary Art
Tombs and Their Contents
Dynamism in Terracotta and Bronze
Roman Art
Early Rome and the Republic
Architecture: The Concrete Revolution
Relief Sculpture
Roman Values
The Early Empire
Portrait Sculpture
Relief Sculpture
Art and Architecture in the Provinces
Domestic Art and Architecture
Wall painting, mural, and fresco
The Late Empire
Portrait Sculpture
Relief Sculpture
Late Roman Architecture in the Provinces
The Middle Ages
Early Christian, Byzantine, and Early Islamic Art
The Life of Jesus
Early Christian Art
Christian Art before Constantine
Christian Art after the Official Recognition of Christianity
The Liturgy of the Mass
Versions of the Bible
Byzantine Art
Early Byzantine Art
The Iconoclastic Controversy
Middle Byzantine Art
Late Byzantine Art
Islamic Art
Islam: Beliefs and Practices
Early Medieval Art
Anglo-Saxon Art
The Animal Style
Hiberno-Saxon Art
Carolingian Art
Illuminated Books
Ottonian Art
Ivories and Manuscripts: Conveyors of Imperial Grandeur
The Development of Islamic Style
Religious Architecture
Luxury Arts
Islamic Art and the Persian Inheritance
Figural Art Forms in Iran
Romanesque Art
First Expressions of Romanesque Style
Monumental Stone Sculpture
Mature Romanesque
Pilgrimage Churches and Their Art
Cluniac Architecture and Sculpture
Monasticism and Christian Monastic Orders
Spanish Islamic Art and Europe in the Middle Ages
Cistercian Architecture and Art
Wall Painting
Book Illustration
Regional Variants of the Romanesque Style
Western France: Poitou
Southeastern France: Provence
Normandy and England
Women Artists and Patrons: Hildegard of Bingen
Gothic Art
Early Gothic Art in France
Saint-Denis: Suger and the Beginnings of Gothic Architecture
Dionysian Theology and the Abbey of Saint-Denis
Chartres Cathedral
Laon Cathedral
High Gothic Art in France
The Rebuilding of Chartres Cathedral
The Architect, the Master, and the Guild
Stained Glass
Reims Cathedral
Rayonnant or Court Style
Manuscript Illumination
Late Gothic Art in France
Mansucript Illumination
The Spread of Gothic Art
The Renaissance through the Rococo: The Early Modern World
Art in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Italy
The Cities and the Mendicants
Franciscan Churches and Altarpieces
Urban Churches, Baptisteries, and Civic Buildings
New Directions in Tuscan Painting
Giotto and the New Florentine Painting
Sienese Painting
Late Fourteenth-Century Crises
Upheaval and Plague
Northern Italy: Milan
Artistic Innovations in Fifteenth-Century Northern Europe
courtly Art: The International Gothic
Artists at the French Courts
Urban Centers and the New Art
Hugo van der Goes in Ghent
Hieronymus Bosch
Regional Responses to the Early Netherlandish Style
Central Europe
Painting and the Graphic Arts
Early Printmaking
The Early Renaissance in Fifteenth-Century Italy
The Inspiration of Antiquity in Florence
Brunelleschi and the Beginnings of Renaissance Architecture
New Directions in Florentine Painting
Italian Art During the Era of the Medici, 1434-1494
The Baptistery of Florence
Florentine Churches and Convents at Mid-Century
The Spread of Florentine Style
The Renaissance Palace and its Furnishings, ca. 1440-1490
Patrician Palaces
Images of Heroes for Florentine Collectors
Ancient Battles in Prints
Paintings for Palaces
The Renaissance Style Reverberates, 1450-1500
Piero della Francesca in Central Italy
Alberti and Mantegna in Mantua
Rome and the Papal States
The High Renaissance in Italy, 1495-1520
Leonardo and the Florentine High Renaissance
The High Renaissance in Rome
Bramante in Rome
Michelangelo in Rome and Florence
Veniceand the High Renaissance
The Late Renaissance and Mannerism in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Late Renaissance Florence
Michelangelo in Florence
Painters and Sculptors in Ducal Florence
Michelangelo in Rome
The Catholic Reformation and Il Gesù
Cities and Courts in Northern Italy and Venice
Venice: The Serene Republic
Renaissance and Reformation throughout Sixteenth-Century Europe
Franceand Spain: Catholic Courts and Italian Influence
Spain and Italianate Style
The Protestant Reformation
Central Europe: The Reformation and Art
Catholic Patrons in Early Sixteenth-Century Germany
Albrecht Dürer as Renaissance Artist
Albrecht Dürer as Reformation Artist
Protestant Courts and New Forms of Art
Reformation England: The Tudor Portrait
The Netherlands: World Marketplace
Bruegel and the Everyday
The Baroque in Italy and Spain
The Counter-Reformation
Painting in Italy
Caravaggio and the New Style
Artemisia Gentileschi
Ceiling Painting and Annibale Carracci
Architecture in Italy
The Completion of Saint Peter's and Carlo Maderno
Bernini and Saint Peter's
A Baroque Alternative: Francesco Borromini
Sculpture in Italy
The Evolution of the Baroque: Bernini
Painting in Spain
Naples and the Impact of Caravaggio
From Seville to Court Painter
Monastic Orders and Zurbarn
Culmination in Devotion
The Baroque in The Netherlands
Peter Paul Rubens and Defining the Baroque
History and Portraiture at the English Court
Still-Life Painting
The Dutch Republic
The Caravaggisti in Holland
The Haarlem Community and Frans Hals
The Next Generation in Haarlem
Rembrandt and the Art of Amsterdam
The Market: Landscape, Still-Life, and Genre Painting
Landscape Painting
Still-Life Painting
Flower Painting and Rachel Ruysch
Genre Painting
Intimate Genre Painting and Jan Vermeer
The Baroque in France and England
France: The Style of Louis XIV
Painting in France
French Classical Architecture
Sculpture: The Impact of Bernini
Baroque Architecture in England
Inigo Jones and the Impact of Palladio
The Rococo
France: The Rise of the Rococo
Painting: Poussinistes versus Rubénistes
The French Rococo Interior
England: Printmaking and Painting
William Hogarth and the Narrative
Thomas Gainsborough and the English Portrait
The Rococo in Germany, Austria, and Central Europep. 452
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Illusionistic Ceiling
The Modern World
Art in the Age of Enlightenment, 1750-1789
Rometoward 1760: The Font of Neoclassicism
Artistic Foundations of Neoclassicism: Mengs and Hamilton
Rometoward 1760: The Font of Romanticism
Neoclassicism in Britain
Painting: Historicism, Morality, and Antiquity
The Birth of Contemporary History Painting
Architecture and Interiors: The Palladian Revival
Early Romanticism in Britain
Architecture: Strawberry Hill and the Gothic Revival
Painting: The Coexistence of Reason and Emotion
Neoclassicism in France
Architecture: Rational Classicism
The Sublime in Neoclassical Architecture: The Austere and the Visionary
Painting and Sculpture: Expressing Enlightenment Values
The Climax of Neoclassicism: The Paintings of Jacques-Louis David
Art in the Age of Romanticism, 1789-1848
Spain: Francisco Goya
Britain: The Bond with Nature
Germany: Friedrich's Pantheistic Landscape
America: Landscape as Metaphor and the Popularity of Genre
France: Neoclassical Painting in the Romantic Era
France: Painterly Romanticism and Romantic Landscape
Romantic Landscape Painting
Neoclassical Sculpture in the Romantic Era: Antonio Canova
French Romantic Sculpture: Breaking from the Classical Model
Romantic Revivals in Architecture
The Gothic Revival: The Houses of Parliament 4
The Classical Revival 4
The Age of Positivism: Realism, Impressionism, and the Pre-Raphaelites, 1848-1885
Realism in France
Realism in the 1840s and 1850s: Painting Contemporary Social Conditions
The Realist Assault on Academic Values and Bourgeois Taste
Impressionism: A Different Form of Realism
British Realism
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
The Aesthetic Movement: Personal Psychology and Repressed Eroticism
Realism in America
Scientific Realism: Thomas Eakins
Iconic Image: Winslow Homer
Photography: A Mechanical Medium for Mass-Produced Art
First Innovations
Recording the World
Reporting the News: Photojournalism
Photography as Art: Pictorialism and Combination Printing
Architecture and the Industrial Revolution
Ferrovitreous Structures: Train Sheds and Exhibition Palaces
Announcing the Future: The Eiffel Tower
Progress and Its Discontents: Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, and Art
Nouveau, 1880-1905
Toward Abstraction
Seeking Social and Pictorial Harmony
Vincent van Gogh: Expression through Color and Symbol
The Flight from Modernity
The Nabis
Other Symbolist Visions in France
Symbolism Beyond France
Symbolist Currents in American Art
The Sculpture of Rodin
Art Nouveau and the Search for Modern Design
The Public and Private Spaces of Art Nouveau
American Architecture: The Chicago School
Louis Sullivan and Early Skyscrapers
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie House
Pictorialist Photography and the Photo Secession
Toward Abstraction: The Modernist Revolution, 1904-1914
Reflecting and Shattering Tradition: Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Analytic Cubism: Picasso and Braque
Synthetic Cubism: The Power of Collage
The Impact of Fauvism and Cubism
German Expressionism
Austrian Expressionism
Cubism in Paris after Picasso and Braque
Italian Futurism: Activism and Art
Cubo-Futurism and Suprematism in Russia
Cubism and Fantasy: Giorgio de Chirico
Modernist Sculpture: Constantin Brancusi
American Art
America's First Modernists: Arthur Dove and Abstraction
Early Modern Architecture in Europe
German Modernist Architecture
German Expressionist Architecture
Art Between the Wars
Zurich Dada
New York Dada
Berlin Dada
Cologne Dada
Paris Dada
Surrealism in Paris
Representational Surrealism
The Surrealist Object
Organic Sculpture
Alexander Calder in Paris
Henry Moore in England
Creating Utopias
Russian Constructivism: Productivism and Utilitarianism
De Stijl and Universal Order
The Bauhaus: Creating the "New Man"
The Machine Aesthetic
Art in America: Modernity, Spirituality, and Regionalism
The City and Industry
Seeking the Spiritual
Regionalism and National Identity
The Harlem Renaissance
Mexican Art: Seeking a National Identity
The Eve of World War II
America: The Failure of Modernity
Europe and Fascism
Postwar to Postmodern, 1945-1980
Existentialism in New York: Abstract Expressionism
Abstract Expressionism: Action Painting
Abstract Expressionism: Color-Field Painting
Rejecting Abstract Expressionism: American Art of the 1950s and 1960S
Re-Presenting Life and Dissecting Painting
Environments and Performance Art
Pop Art: Consumer Culture as Subject
Formalist Abstraction of the 1950s and 1960S
Formalist Painting and Sculpture
Formalist Sculpture: Minimal Art
The Pluralist 1970S: Post-Minimalism
Post-Minimal Sculpture: Geometry and Emotion
Earthworks and Site-Specific Art
Conceptual Art: Art as Idea
Television Art
Art With a Social Agenda
African-American Art: Ethnic Identity
Feminist Art: Judy Chicago and Gender Identity
Late Modernist Architecture
Continuing the International Style
Sculptural Architecture: Referential Mass
The Postmodern Era: Art Since 1980
Postmodern Architecture
New Modernism: Hi-Tech Architecture
Deconstructivism: Countering Modernist Authority
Post-Minimalism and Pluralism: Limitless Possibilities
The Return of Painting
Deconstructing Art: Context as Meaning
The Power of Installation and Video Art
Many Styles, One Artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Preoccupation with the Body
A World Art Cai Guo-Qiang
Books for Further Reading
List of Credits
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