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Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Concise History of Western Art, 3rd Edition

  • includes CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card
  • Fred S. Kleiner Boston University
  • ISBN-10: 1133954790  |  ISBN-13: 9781133954798
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $114.00
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GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE WESTERN HISTORY has been written from the ground up as a one-semester, student-friendly introduction to the history of Western art, while retaining the impeccable reliability and scholarship of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES. This beautifully illustrated text, by award-winning scholar-teacher Fred Kleiner, includes many new features that make it easier than ever for your students to master the material. 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 new artworks, hundreds of images that have been upgraded for clarity and color-fidelity, and additional cultural context. The online resources bring course content to life, providing students with the tools they need to study, develop critical-thinking skills, and excel in your class, regardless of their individual learning styles--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.

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Features and Benefits

  • Single author, single voice. Fred Kleiner, a noted scholar, journal editor, and award-winning teacher, ensures a coherence and clarity of presentation that no other text can match, making the third edition easier for students to read and understand than other texts.
  • 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, 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.
  • Beautiful 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.
  • "The Big Picture" feature concludes each chapter. This visual summary includes a set of concise bullet points, listing the most important characteristics of each period discussed within the chapter, along with small illustrations of characteristic works of the periods. As students review the summary points, the associated thumbnail images of representative art help to reinforce their understanding of the key concepts.
  • "Artists on Art" boxes provide additional primary source material that lets readers hear directly from many of the 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.
  • Maps with colored call-outs for easy reference show locations of the art discussed in each chapter.
  • 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.
  • 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 to study and review the material.
  • Five types of boxes provide contextual information to supplement the primary text. They are "Artists on Art," "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. The audio pronunciation guide is available in CourseMate.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Art History?
1. Prehistory and the First Civilizations.
2. Ancient Greece.
3. The Roman Empire.
4. Early Christianity and Byzantium.
5. The Islamic World.
6. Early Medieval and Romanesque Europe.
7. Gothic and Late Medieval Europe.
8. The Early Renaissance in Europe.
9. High Renaissance and Mannerism in Europe.
10. Baroque Europe.
11. Rococo to Neoclassicism in Europe and America.
12. Romanticism, Realism, and Photography, 1800 to 1870.
13. Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism, 1870 to 1900.
14. Modernism in Europe and America, 1900 to 1945.
15. Modernism and Postmodernism in Europe and America, 1945 to 1980.
16. Contemporary Art Worldwide.

What's New

  • 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 16, "Contemporary Art Worldwide (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 the images covered in the text, 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 of the images in the book (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.

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    ISBN-10: 1285084969 | ISBN-13: 9781285084961

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"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."

— Christina Zitrides Atiyeh, Kutztown University

"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."

— Amy Morris, Southeastern Louisiana University


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Instructor Supplements

Flashdrive Image Library  (ISBN-10: 113349062X | ISBN-13: 9781133490623)

Now on a Flashdrive! 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 using Microsoft® PowerPoint®. The Digital Image Library provides high-resolution images (maps, diagrams, and most of the fine art images from the text) for lecture presentations, either in an easy-to-use PowerPoint® presentation format, or in individual file formats compatible with other image-viewing software. A zoom feature allows you to magnify selected portions of an image for more detailed display in class or you can display images side by side for comparison and contrast. You can easily customize your classroom presentation by adding your own images to those from the text. The PowerLecture includes an Image Transition Guide, an electronic Instructor's Manual, and a Test Bank with multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions in ExamView® computerized format.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Fred S. Kleiner

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.