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Great academic resource
on October 20, 2012
Gardner's Art Through the Ages is a fantastic resource. This book is written more for an advanced audience. The text covers a myriad of important topics. There are sections on art history and critical perspectives. This is Volume II of a massive collegiate work. This resource is often assigned for art majors in college. I read the book because my wife was an art major in college and I was interested in the book from a historical perspective.
The resource covers art between the late Middle Ages to the present. Every significant artist and distinct art style are covered. The book focuses mostly on painting, but architecture, sculpture, and woodcuts are given great prominence as well. A strength of the book is the inclusion of African, Native American, and Asian art styles and genres.
This book may not be for everyone. The writing style is a little dry at times. It is written for an audience that already has some familiarity with major artists and styles. Still, this is an impressive one-volume resource that will prove to be of great value to artists and historians alike. The book will appeal to historians because it has lengthy sections describing the historical context and conditions in which the art was produced.