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Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
After 4 years of nursing school and now attending art school I have seen a good amount of books. This book Gardner's Art through the ages is probably the only college text book other than my anatomy book I will keep.

The hard cover is manufactured like many older books I have. The pages are heavy stock with beautiful colored images on it. It comes with 2 silk binding bookmarks, which is fantastic for quick reference. I actually leave this book out on my coffee table for guests to look at, its that good.

If you need this book for class, you might just want to keep it when you are done with the class. The images are small on some pages. Like I said before the text is more inline with quick reference, like a coffee table book. One of my classes required that I make an outline of a chapter of any of our books. I chose this one and the outline I made, made logical sense.

I have spent many hours with this book and while not perfect it is a very well made book. No book today can compete with the internet as a source. Instead they must condense the points the class is trying to achieve; to that end this book does a fine job.

Yes the photos could be larger, yes you can find more information about a piece out on the web, that will always be the case as books go away and we go completely electronic. Until that time books are required for school and if you are required to get this text I cannot think of a better book to buy and keep.

Thank you for reading my review.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2008
This is a massive text, but it is filled with full-color, lush, beautiful pictures of art works through all time periods. Many of the illustrations are the quality of DK books. Far superior to most art texts I have worked with,and unlike some architecture texts that use black and white photos. The only real shame of using this as a class text is the fact that it is so big, it's hard to lug around without damaging it over time. A fine reference book to hold onto after using for a class. Built in pagemarkers make it convenient to find the correct chapter. A bit pricy, but worth the investment, especially if you are an art major.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2011
I love this book, I had to get the smaller volume 1 paperback for an Art History Class that I took. The teacher did inform me that the next class involved volume 2 so I just got this complete 13TH Edition Hardcover. Now between the two courses, I had to read only about 8-9 chapters total. I just could not, I read the entire book, cover to cover. Had it for about 1.5 years and I am re-reading it. I am re-enrolling in school as an Art History Major because i love it so much. This book really did change my life. It opened my eyes to a new world and makes me very excited. Worth Every Penny!! other notes, it is very heavy and the pages are fragile, i teared a few while turning some of the pages. I think every home should have one great art book. I suggest this. It is quite complete, chronological, good graphics and an easy read. You may want to get a supplement that focus' on more modern and contemporary art, starting in the 1990s through now. This does a good job of it, better before that. great book., 8 STARS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
Been using this book for 5 years now with my AP students. It is thorough and easy to read. I can't say that it's always a "fun" journey, but compared to other texts I've read, it packs a ton of useful contextual information in very digestable parts. Several of my students have told me that they've learned more about world history from this book and class than any of their other history classes combined! The images are of exceptional quality with excellent supplemental information in each chapter. The timeline fold out is great, but I've never really checked out the accompanied CD. If I had my drothers, I would drop a few 20th century artists and add a few others, i.e., Pierre Bonnard, Ad Reinhardt, Richard Diebenkorn Richard Estes, Beth Murray and Sean Scully to name a few. Considering that this is not the latest edition, it is a bit pricey new, but good used versions seem to show up on here at pretty affordable rates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2011
This massive volume with beautiful gold ribbon place-holders gives an especially apt account of the cultural and stylistic cross-currents in the history of global art. For example,the text demonstrates how and why the naturalism and illusionism of Hellenic art was alternately incorporated and suppressed in the art of Abrahamic cultures. And the particular emphases placed on architecture and the luxury arts lends a more practical dimension to the study of art history, which might otherwise be lacking. One particularly strong feature is the comprehensive glossary of terms; it hasn't failed me yet.
It is difficult to believe that the text represents the work of a single author. I purchased something called a 3" Pocket at an office supply store. The book fits perfectly into this zippered, vinyl container which provides convenient carry-about protection for an expensive book that is worth every penny. Don't settle for the paperback version in two volumes; this case-bound complete thirteenth edition is a joy to own. By the way, a good magnifying glass would be another almost indespensible accessory for this book, with its numerous, sharply detailed (but necessarily small) illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2011
This book is great! I used it for an AP art history class in a public school (so I didn't have to buy it) and now I want my own copy! I hope this is a required book for one of my art history classes later in college; if I buy it I'll keep it forever! It is very durable, but unfortunately, it is huge! I've read complaints that it doesn't "enhance art appreciation"... well I disagree! My tastes in art have dramatically altered and expanded, I can see an influence in my personal art projects, and have decided to tack on an art history minor to my BFA. Someone also complained that the pictures were so small they only took up a quarter of a page at best. True. But this is an overview! There is so much art in the world and throughout history it is difficult to capture every bit (though this book very well tries!). The pictures have to be smaller to make room for the sheer quantity of them! Also, the text was incredibly clear, informative, and captivating. This is the only textbook of which I have read every single line. It was that good! Pricy, yes, but the durable binding, the vibrant color saturation, the captivating text... it's an art piece in its self!
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on September 15, 2012
My son who is a senior in high school wanted this book before school started so that he could take the time to read it and become familiar with the material. As a parent I'm glad I ordered it for him because he was very excited to receive it. The book was used and the important information was highlighted for him. This made it much easier for him. He's happy and that's all that matters to me. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Art and History.
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on October 3, 2014
Just like any other textbook, I would recommend buying one of the early editions such as the 9th or 10th (from personal experience).The majority of this edition is unchanged from previous ones; however, if you could get this one for cheap, you won't be disappointed. Also, I have used three different Gardner's for a couple of my classes, and all I can say is how great this book is for art history courses.
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on March 22, 2012
Great price, great condition, humongous book. I think this book gave me a hernia, lol, but seriously it is massive. I seriously think it weighed about 8 pounds. So if you have to carry this to class I am sorry. I took it only so I only had to carry it from the kitchen to the living room and that was far enough, let me tell you. Amazing pictures and good info.
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on April 9, 2013
Although my order did arrive early, it was the wrong edition. I bought the 13th edition, but I received the 12th edition instead. Honestly, it doesn't make that much of a difference since the information is basically the same, so I didn't bother messaging. However, it is the priority of the owner to send the correct product to their customers...
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