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Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Concise Global History 2nd Edition

Fred S. Kleiner

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006
  • 608 Pages


Featuring unique NEW study tools for students and dynamic NEW lecture resources for instructors, the 2nd Edition of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE GLOBAL HISTORY takes this brilliant bestseller to new heights in addressing the challenges of today's classroom. It is specifically designed for the one-semester survey. The second 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. Students will also benefit from the clarity that only a book written by a single author can provide, as well as from "The Big Picture" overviews at the end of every chapter, a special global timeline, and ArtStudy Online (a free interactive study guide that includes image flashcards and quizzes to help students master the material quickly). Dynamic lecture tools—including a digital library with a full "zoom" and side-by-side comparison capability and the exciting Google Earth technology—will save instructors time in preparing for class and personalizing their lectures.

Fred S. Kleiner, Boston University

Fred S. Kleiner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the author or co-author of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th editions of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY, as well as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE HISTORY, and more than 100 publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture, including A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, also published by Cengage. He has taught the art history survey course for more than three decades, first at the University of Virginia and, since 1978, at Boston University, where he is currently professor of art history and archaeology. From 1985 to 1998, he was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Long acclaimed for his inspiring lectures and dedication to students, Professor Kleiner won Boston University's Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the College Prize for Undergraduate Advising in the Humanities in 2002, and he is a two-time winner of the Distinguished Teaching Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. In 2007, he was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and, in 2009, in recognition of lifetime achievement in publication and teaching, fellow of the Text and Academic Authors Association.
  • Single Author, Single Voice. Fred Kleiner, a noted scholar, journal editor, and award-winning teacher, is now the sole author of GARDNER. He ensures a coherence and clarity of presentation that no other text can match, making the 2nd Edition easier for students to read and understand than other texts.
  • Extensively revised and thoroughly updated, the 2nd Edition includes even more on the role of women as patrons and artists.
  • Maps have been redrawn and are now integrated within the chapter with colored call-outs for easy reference.
  • A NEW "scale" feature. Scales are placed next to images in the text to help students better visualize the size of each work—so they can easily see which image is a monumental sculpture or mural and which is a figurine or miniature. These innovative scales help students to better grasp the importance of scale—which, like composition, color, line, and other terms used in understanding and describing an artwork—is critical in helping students see the artist's purpose. All photographs of paintings, statues, and other artwork (with the exception of architecture and a few other items) shown in this edition are accompanied by these scales.
  • Hundreds of NEW full-color images in this edition's stunning photo program. In the constant effort to provide the most engaging book possible, the 2nd Edition includes hundreds of new full-color images, including even sharper images of works that appeared in previous editions.
  • Beautiful NEW full-color reconstructions. Exquisitely rendered by John Burge, these reconstructions give students three-dimensional views of important architectural sites, helping students actually visualize what it might have felt like to walk through these sites when they existed!
  • A great NEW resource for review and retention, full-page "The Big Picture" features conclude each chapter. These features include concise bullet-point summaries of the most important characteristics of each period discussed in the chapter, accompanied by small illustrations of characteristic works of the periods. As students review the summary points, they reinforce their understanding visually with the associated "thumbnail" images of representative art work.
  • An extraordinary NEW fold-out global timeline accompanies each new copy of the text, providing a detailed overview of the history of art. This poster-size timeline offers the perfect reference at a glance.
  • In response to reviewer and user suggestions, reorganized coverage of 18th and 19th century art now appears in three chapters instead of two: Chapter 11 on the 18th century and Chapters 12 and 13 on the 19th century.
  • NEW "Artists on Art" Boxes provide additional primary source material that lets readers hear directly from many of artists themselves. These include: The Letters of Artemesia Gentileschi; Rubens on the Allegory of the Outbreak of War; Poussin's Notes for a Treatise on Painting; David on Greek Style and Public Art; Delacroix on Morocco; Courbet on Realism; Matisse on Color; Futurist Manifestos; Diego Rivera on Art for the People; and other boxes treating Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, and Judy Chicago.
  • Boxed essays now include images to help visual learners better comprehend the material; for example, the box on the Mesoamerican ball game now includes the photo of the court at Copan.
  • Author Fred Kleiner is a master teacher who created this text specifically to engage introductory students. More than other texts, this book offers your students thorough coverage and superb scholarship that they can read easily and understand on their own.
  • Located at the front of the book, a useful introduction to the study and terms of art history helps students prepare for the vocabulary of art historians and the concepts and periods they will be learning as they progress through the book.
  • Captions for quick review accompany every image in the text, providing brief commentary on the most significant aspects of the artwork. These detailed descriptions serve as a helpful student study and review tool.
  • Five types of boxes provide contextual information to supplement the primary text. They include "Artists on Art" (NEW), "Materials and Techniques," "Religion and Mythology," "Art and Society," and "Architectural Basics."
  • Relevant information on the cultural and historical place of art in society informs every page of the text. With appropriate attention to form, this edition also puts emphasis on the function and role of art.
  • To help readers master the vocabulary of art history, the text italicizes and defines art historical terms and other unfamiliar words where they first appear in the text—and at later occurrences, whenever the term has not been used again for several chapters. Definitions of all terms in the text appear once more in the Glossary and pronunciation guide at the back of the book.
Introduction: What Is Art History?
1. Prehistory and the First Civilizations.
2. Greece.
3. The Roman Empire.
4. Early Christianity and Byzantium.
5. The Islamic World.
6. Early Medieval Europe and Romanesque Europe.
7. Gothic Europe.
8. Europe, 1400 to 1500.
9. Europe, 1500 to 1600.
10. Europe, 1600 to 1700.
11. Europe and America, 1700 to 1800.
12. Europe and America, 1800 to 1870.
13. Europe and America, 1870 to 1900.
14. Europe and America since 1900 to 1945.
15. Europe and America after 1945.
16. South and Southeast Asia.
17. China and Korea.
18. Japan.
19. The Americas.
20. Africa.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133375979
  • ISBN-13: 9781133375975
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  • ISBN-10: 0495503460
  • ISBN-13: 9780495503460
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"Art through the Ages: A Concise Global History" is a masterful synthesis of an enormous amount of material. It is clearly organized and very well-written."

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Digital Image Library

ISBN: 9781305577855

Instructor's Web Site (with PowerPoint®, Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero, Intructor's Resource Manual)

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