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Art History Volume 1 (5th Edition) Paperback – January 18, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0205873487 ISBN-10: 0205873480 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (January 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205873480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205873487
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An excellent resource accessible to first-year and other students, but full of information to keep all readers interested through excellent writing and examples. It is beautifully illustrated and the electronic support is superb.”

    - William Ganis, Wells College

 

“Thorough, thought-provoking...Excellent imagery and great plans and photos of architecture.”

    - Elizabeth Olton, The University of Texas at San Antonio

 

“Stokstad/Cothren offers students access to knowledge about global art and its historical contexts while presenting information in a manner that will entice students to actually want to learn more.”

    - Eleanor Moseman, Colorado State University

 

“Comprehensive. Intelligent, yet accessible for students. Provides strong historical and geographical context and framework for the students, as well as detailed analyses of works of art from cultures around the globe.”

    - Deborah Haynes, University of Colorado, Boulder

 

“Good historical overview, good quality images (including those available for us digitally – thank you), excellent digital resources.”

    - Denise Budd, Bergen Community College

 

About the Author

Marilyn Stokstad, teacher, art historian, and museum curator, has been a leader in her field for decades and has served as president of the College Art Association and the International Center of Medieval Art. In 2002, she was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the National Women’s Caucus for Art. In 1997, she was awarded the Governor’s Arts Award as Kansas Art Educator of the Year and an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters by Carleton College. She is Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She has also served in various leadership capacities at the University’s Spencer Museum of Art and is Consultative Curator of Medieval Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri

 

Michael W. Cothren is Scheuer Family Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of Art at Swarthmore College, where he has also served as Coordinator of Medieval Studies and Chair of the Humanities Division.  Since arriving at Swarthmore in 1978, he has taught specialized courses on Medieval, Roman, and Islamic art and architecture, as well as seminars on visual narrative and on theory and method, but he particularly enjoys teaching the survey to Swarthmore beginners.  His research and publications focus on French Gothic art and architecture, most recently in a book on the stained glass of Beauvais Cathedral entitled Picturing the Celestial City.  Michael is a consultative curator at the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. He has served on the board of the International Center of Medieval Art and as President both of the American Committee of the International Corpus Vitrearum and of his local school board. When not teaching, writing, or pursuing art historical research, you can find him hiking in the red rocks around Sedona, Arizona.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen D on July 28, 2014
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One of the nicest textbooks I have ever used! The text was interesting and very readable, the maps and history really added to the art. The only drawback, and it is a biggie in an art book, is the printing. The pictures of the subject art MUST be exactly of the piece being described. Fail!

Unfortunately the colors in this entire book are off. The described "midnight blue sky" is BLACK. "The lovely pink stone" is TAN. The "rich red of the tapesty" is ORANGE and I could go on. What I had to do was look up the works of art on my computer to see what they REALLY looked like. Such a shame when you have good, descriptive text on high quality thick pages.

It makes me wonder if the fact that this has a Pearson Art Lab available for it if they are not concerning themselves with the text and only making sure the electronic version is correct? That would be dirty pool for students such as myself who barely afford our text books and don't purchase the Pearson when it is optional.

On the plus side, this book came from URent and was advertised as used. I kid you not, this text book was absolutely pristine in condition, in fact it was far better than the "New" textbook I received from Amazon for another class. This book looked brand new when I received it and I can't say enough good things about URent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Polansky on September 26, 2014
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First things first. I am not in college. I am not using this as a textbook. I am just someone who loves art, visits museums often, and somehow skipped into to art 101/102 in college (though I did take courses on architecture). So I wanted to read a couple of art history books and see what they were like. I read this one and Janson's. In short, I am not a fan of this one. I prefer Janson's History of Art. If you can, read books that focus on one period and one time to get a better focus on the art.

This is a hefty volume that extends from prehistoric times to roughly the early European Renaissance. That is a lot of material to cover. And it does an admirable job of it, though, in my totally subjective opinion, it does not do as a good a job as Janson's History of Art (8th edition).

The books are essentially the same with even the same chapter orders for the most part. If Janson is more like the NYT then Stokstad is more like USA Today. The latter is glossier but I think the information suffers. And the photos used are essentially the same for both texts (this might have something to do with economic deals made with the same museums and the price of using certain photos compared to others). Also, Janson is not concerned with non-Western art. While in Stokstad, after the chapter on Islamic art, you will find chapters on Chinese, Japanese, Native American, and African art before it comes back to early Medieval Art. This is probably a really good thing if in volume 2 she shows how European art was affected by contact with these cultures.

Still, it's a good introduction, though it could be better if it included more context about the people who created the art - i.e., if it gave more history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By beanbun on July 15, 2013
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Obviously I had to buy it because it was the required text for my Art History class. Could have done without the new little recreations and diagrams in this edition though... I'd much rather see the actual (decaying, crumbling) building or piece of art.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kaitlin Cernik on September 24, 2013
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This book is good and great information but it is hard to follow when they tell you all the different possible meanings of uses for an artifact... you get a little lost. It is a good book but get a little lost in the multiple scenarios for pieces
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By katina on February 25, 2014
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The book was fine. It's just a textbook that was need for my art history class so yeah it was fine
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This book offers a fascinating glimpse into a vast array of human cultures and the ways they have expressed themselves through art over millennia. After you read it, you may catch yourself evaluating what type of columns your local administrative buildings use, or recognizing technical terms in everyday places you never noticed before. It's quite an interesting jaunt through the little corners of humankind's creative history.

They need a thesaurus, though. You're going to see the word sumptuous about 10 times per chapter.
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By Edgar on June 18, 2014
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Bought this for my Art History 111A class which is an intro class for ancient through medieval art. I found it very comprehensive as well as enjoyable.
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By Donna M. Rhoten on April 17, 2014
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I saved a lot of money buying this text book here. It was cheaper than anywhere else and even gave me the added benefit of a code to use myartslab. Excellent value and I am enjoying this class immensely. Art History.
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