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Art of the Andes (World of Art) Paperback – March 1, 1996

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ISBN-13: 978-0500202869 ISBN-10: 0500202869

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Rebecca R. Stone is Professor and Faculty Curator of the Ancient Americas at Emory University. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: World of Art
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500202869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500202869
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Rebecca R. Stone (who has also published under Rebecca Stone-Miller) is a professor of Art History at Emory University in Atlanta. After seven long years of grad school at Yale, then one year teaching at Johns Hopkins, she landed back in her hometown of Atlanta in 1988 and has been there ever since...Four books later, she is working on a fifth back with Yale University Press, a co-authored (with Laura M. Wingfield) textbook on the art and culture of the true center of the Americas, from what is now Ecuador to Honduras. However, she started working on the redesign of the Advanced Placement Art History curriculum back in 2010-- the goal was to make more of the world's art part of the course and examination. She was the Indigenous Americas "person" and enjoyed applying what she had learned teaching 101 lectures on the Americas at Emory over the years to this task with much broader appeal (did you know over 20,000 students take the APAH test each year!?). So these three guides she is writing for the teachers of the new course (it's pretty scary adding all this new material, but such a good cause!) will be coming out in '14 (the Andes one is already available) and the first half of '15 (first Mesoamerica and then Native North America). The teachers need time to get up to speed and help their students appreciate the wonders of all the art on the planet!!! Welcome to the 21st century.

Also see her website on art, religion (shamanism), and nature: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/blackjaguar.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gunther on July 7, 2004
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This book stands out, among many others, for the quality of insight that Rebecca Stone-Miller brings to her study of Andean art. Not content with simple typology and iconography, her account is illuminated by the cultural constants - "duality, reciprocity, hierarchy, and embeddedness in nature" (p. 218) that she finds in the underlying Andean cultures. Art history, in these terms, becomes an exploration of meaning, both of the art that is produced and of the culture that produces it. It's rare to find so much insight in an introductory book; I highly recommend it.
Another strength of the book is the nicely-judged balance of attention that the author pays to the multitude of cultures (including the Chavin, Nasca, Moche, Wari, Tiwanaku, Chimu, and Inca, to name just some) that weave together into the Andean tapestry. The author also provides balanced coverage of all the arts -- metalwork, tapestry, featherwork, stone working, and architecture, in addition to the ever-popular ceramics (pottery).
With so much ground to cover, there are relatively few individual ceramic examples in the book; this unfortunately gives a too-restricted an idea of the range of form, beauty, and variety of Pre-Columbian pottery from South America. I recommend a book such as "Ceramics of Ancient Peru," by Christopher B. Donnan, as a supplement to Rebecca Stone-Miller's study.
A small number of errors have made it through the second edition. For example, the distance from Quito to Santiago is quoted as 3400 miles, rather than the correct 3400 kilometers. A bothersome number of specialized terms were left out of the index. A glossary would have been helpful, and one wishes that more of the photos had been printed in color rather than black and white.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By I. Dunn on September 23, 2000
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This is an excellent overview of native Andean artform the earliest perod through Chavin, Paracas, Nasca, Moche, Tiwanaku, Wari, to Incan. Covers architecture, textiles ,pottery and metallic arts. Looks at the main themes of religious and secular art in these various mediums. Text is accompanied by many black and white photographs, drawings and plans. Some photographs are in colour.
I found this work most interesting for the way it brings out the Andean worldview through the artistic artifacts remaining of those cultures. The work is also reasonably priced and up to date.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Meredith on January 14, 2010
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By examining ancient and more recent precontact Andean visual art, Stone-Miller provides an extraordinary insight into Andean culture, philosophy, and world views. In the 2002 revised version, she is able to include recent archaeological discoveries that push Andean civilizations and art further back in time. The book looks at architecture, gourd art, textiles, carving, jewelry and metalsmithing, and ceramics - the techniques of manufacture, trade, symbolism, religious and cultural significance, and aesthetics. She also examines major cultures throughout precontact Andean history and clearly explains how they influenced each other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary B on February 6, 2011
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This book was very intersting and has lots of really good information and examples. It was an easy read and helped a great deal in the class I took. It actually worked right along with the instructor's lectures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Alexander on July 5, 2011
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This is a nice little book and reference for the lovers of art from Peru. I just wish the book were a little longer.

Beautiful images too.
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While I have not read the book cover to cover, i appreciate how it goes from the antecedents to the Inca, which do not get the recognition they deserve. There was great art well before the Inca that was the basis for further levels of artistry. I take my time going through the book and learn a bit more extensively every day. Recommended
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I took a chance with this book, and lost. I usually check the size on art books to make sure they are not too small. Well the publisher of this book did one better, most the pictures in the book are thumbnail size. I was not please with this book.
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