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Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume II 14th Edition

Fred S. Kleiner

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2010, 2006, 2003
  • 576 Pages


GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, Fourteenth Edition. The most widely read history of art and architecture in the English language for more than 85 years, this beautifully illustrated book includes new features that make it easier than ever for your students to master the material. Author and award-winning scholar-teacher Fred Kleiner has set a new standard for art history textbooks, continuing GARDNER'S tradition of impeccable reliability and scholarship. The online resources brings course content to life, providing students with the tools they need to excel in your class, regardless of their particular learning styles. GARDNER has built its stellar reputation on the inclusion of the most significant images and monuments, discussions of works in their historical and cultural contexts, reproductions of unsurpassed quality, and the consistent voice of a single storyteller. The text includes a new chapter on contemporary art from 1980 to the present, coverage of over 250 new images, hundreds of images that have been upgraded for clarity and color fidelity, and additional cultural context. Online resources help students study and develop critical-thinking skills: an eBook, image flashcards with zoom capabilities, videos, audio study tools, a printable SlideGuide, and more. Reduce class preparation time with lecture tools delivered on a convenient flash drive: a Digital Image Library with a zoom feature, side-by-side comparison tools, and Google Earth integration.

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.
  • NEW openings for each chapter, entitled "Framing the Era," cover each highlighted artwork in depth, calling out details, describing techniques, and discussing each work against a richly detailed social and cultural backdrop. This makes it easier for students to understand each artist's motivations for choosing subjects, materials, and media, as well as the pressures that he or she may have encountered while completing each work.
  • NEW timeline early in the chapter presents works within a historical framework, making it possible for students to understand the social and political environments, even if they do not enter class with a strong background in history.
  • NEW Chapter 26, "Contemporary Art (1980 to the present)," includes an expanded number of late twentieth/early twenty-first-century artworks. This chapter provides comprehensive coverage of contemporary art worldwide, incorporating the recommendations of many content specialists.
  • NEW artists, new artworks, and new views create the most beautiful and exciting book in the market. New artists include Shahzia Sikander, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Shirin Neshat, Xu Bing, Jenny Saville, Norman Foster, Rachel Whiteread, and Andreas Gursky to name just a few.
  • NEW Expanded set of online student resources. CourseMate brings concepts to life with an interactive eBook, links to over 1,400 images, many with full-page descriptions written by author Fred Kleiner, image flashcards with zoom capabilities, Video Study Tools, a Glossary with an audio pronunciation guide, maps in the eBook that link to interactive Google maps, and a printable SlideGuide. Multiple Choice quizzes link directly to the interactive eBook, bringing students to the exact point in the text where they missed the correct answer. Additional tools include Essay Questions, Interactive Timelines, Compare and Contrast Exercises, downloadable Audio Chapter Summaries, Architectural Basics, a Student Guide to Studying, Google Art Project adventures paired with exercises on learning how to write about art, and more!
  • NEW Expanded Instructor PowerLecture on Flashdrive and online. Save time setting up your online course and classroom lectures. The resource set includes a high-resolution Digital Image Library with full zoom capabilities for all 1,450 images (on Flashdrive only, due to large file sizes), PowerPoint® slides, an instructor's guide, a Test Bank, and Google Earth coordinate files that author Fred Kleiner has created for each chapter. When you open these files within the free Google Earth application (available from Google), you can quickly navigate from one site to another.
  • NEW Nearly 200 additional video clips, each focusing on a specific artwork or architectural site within its context, as if you are "there." Each video pans in on details of interest and shows both interior and exterior shots, where applicable.
  • Includes the images that you want to teach. Most of the new images and chapter features in the fourteenth edition were added in direct response to surveys conducted with hundreds of professors over the past two years.
  • Hundreds of new full-color images. In order to meet our goal of providing you and your students with the highest-quality book possible, this new edition includes hundreds of new full-color images, including sharper images and better views of works that appear in previous editions.
  • For instructors who wish to use CourseMate from within a learning management system (LMS), such as Blackboard®, WebCT®, Moodle, or others, Cengage provides a variety of standard and custom options for doing so.
  • Unique scale feature, not available in any other art history textbook. Scales are placed next to images in the text to help students better visualize the size of each work. These innovative scales help students to better grasp the importance of scale, which, like composition, color, line, and other terms used in 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.
  • Second captions accompany every image in the text, providing brief commentary on the most significant aspects of the artwork. These detailed descriptions, which appear underneath the typical captions that identify each work, help students study and review the material.
  • Beautiful full-color reconstructions. Exquisitely rendered by John Burge, these reconstructions give students three-dimensional views of important architectural sites, helping them visualize what it might have felt like to walk through these sites when they existed!
  • "The Big Picture," a great full-page resource for review and retention, concludes each chapter. This visual summary includes 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'll reinforce their understanding visually with the associated thumbnail images of representative art work.
  • Nearly 250 total video clips--80 percent of them new for this edition--focus on specific works of art. Approximately 20 percent of the videos are accompanied by in-depth descriptions of each work, including details within the work, comparisons with other works, mediums, and related trends in art history. Each one of these video clips is captioned and accompanied by assignable discussion questions (answers can be emailed to the instructor), multiple-choice quizzes, discovery web links, and downloadable transcript and media files. The remaining video clips--nearly 200 of them--focus on specific artworks and architectural sites within their contexts, as if you are "there." Each video pans in on details of interest and shows both interior and exterior shots, where applicable.
  • Single author, single voice. Fred Kleiner, a noted scholar, journal editor, and award-winning teacher, is the sole author of GARDNER. He revised GARDNER specifically to engage introductory students. He ensures a coherence and clarity of presentation that no other text can match, making the fourteenth edition easier for students to read and understand than other texts.
  • Thoroughly reviewed by over 100 experts and teachers of Art History to ensure that GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES is the resource you can count on for accuracy.
Before 1300.
14. Late Medieval Italy.
15. Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Art in Northern Europe.
16. The Renaissance in Quattrocento Italy.
17. Renaissance and Mannerism in Cinquecento Italy.
18. High Renaissance and Mannerism in Northern Europe and Spain.
19. The Baroque in Italy and Spain.
20. The Baroque in Northern Europe.
21. Rococo to Neoclassicism: The 18th Century in Europe and America.
22. Romanticism, Realism, Photography: Europe and America, 1800 to 1870.
23. Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism: Europe and America, 1870 to 1900.
24. Modernism in Europe and America, 1900 to 1945.
25. Modernism and Postmodernism in Europe and America, 1945 to 1980.
26. Contemporary Art Worldwide.

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"I love the addition of the scales -- very helpful. I like the way that Gardner walks students through a visual analysis after first elaborating on the historical context. I think this is the textbook's greatest strength."

"One of the most outstanding differences [between Gardner's and other art history texts] is the accessibility of the text. The text . . . is very streamlined. It simplifies the material . . . and the organization is more logical."

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: 9781305871793
Bring digital images into the classroom with this powerful tool. This one-stop lecture and class presentation tool makes it easy to assemble, edit, and present customized lectures for your course. Available on flash drive, the Digital Image Library provides high-resolutions images (maps, diagrams, and the fine art images from the text) for lecture presentations.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access, Vol I

ISBN: 9781305886773
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

Instructor's Edition, Vol II

ISBN: 9781305645066