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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
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on February 28, 2014
I wouldn't have bought this book if it wasn't for the class I'm taking because it just the history of art and the pictures to go along with it...the book was in okay condition...useable, for the most part...the edges where a bit torn up and some of the pages inside I had to tape...it had some markings in it as well but it's a used book so it's too be expected...I use it a lot for class though so, other than that I'm satisfied.
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on September 8, 2014
The outer edges of the book were a little curved, but other than that, the condition of the book was like it was brand new. It even included the little take-out pamphlet. As for the content of the book, it was very informative and helpful for my art class. I found out the names of artists, paintings, and sculptures that I never knew before!
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on September 8, 2013
Purchased from McGraw Tower Books and fulfilled by Amazon. Bought a used book because it was so much more cheaper than buying it brand new. They said the book's condition was acceptable and thats exactly what I got. It wasn't ripped or torn. It definitely had wear and tear on it but it was in an acceptable condition for the price.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2010
This is an expensive book, but it explains once you open it. It's an Art History book and the sectioning of time periods is on par. The pages are nice and glossy and colors vibrant!
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on October 1, 2014
Some of the information was useful but the reading is VERY dry and often unhelpful. There are few section breaks to help break up the reading which can make it hard to concentrate and difficult to return to when you inevitably need to take a break.
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on January 19, 2015
I had searched the ISBN number for my school, this book was matched to it, it was the wrong volume...the book isn't bad but the ISBN is off or wasn't clear...I kept the book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I obtained this book through the Amazon student textbook rental program. I was panicking since my school did not have any copies of ANY of the books I needed left, but lo and behold, I found this copy PRIME on Amazon. (Long live Amazon!). It arrived within the requisite two days, and is in good condition - few marks (I've found the highlighted bits to actually be relevant - thank you previous renter!) bent pages, etc.

The subject itself is actually more fascinating than I anticipated. I'm taking the class simply to satisfy my last art credit, but I've found that I'm actually becoming engrossed in some of the artistic history. The pictures are clear, and relevant, and the inset notes are helpful. I probably wouldn't read it on my own, but being required to take the class, the book ain't half bad.
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on March 22, 2013
This book is a great source of the Art History from the 13th century to modern days. It has a great pricing and a great delivery service.
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on May 8, 2014
This is a pretty essential book for anyone who wants to get a pretty good picture of the development and evolution of the art scene.
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