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Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, Enhanced Edition (with ArtStudy Online Printed Access Card and Timeline) Hardcover – January 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0495799863 ISBN-10: 0495799866 Edition: 13th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 13 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495799866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495799863
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The superior quality of its photos and illustrations is one of the principal reasons that the Department of Art History has consistently used Art through the Ages. John Kenfield - Rutgers University

Three strengths of Gardner's are: the choice of imagery discussed; the quality and size of the images, and the clarity; and detail of the discussion which includes a strong balance between style and history. Angi Elsea Bourgeois - Mississippi State University

About the Author

Fred S. Kleiner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the author or co-author of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th editions of ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY, as well as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE HISTORY, and more than 100 publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture, including A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, also published by Cengage. He has taught the art history survey course for more than three decades, first at the University of Virginia and, since 1978, at Boston University, where he is currently professor of art history and archaeology. From 1985 to 1998, he was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Long acclaimed for his inspiring lectures and dedication to students, Professor Kleiner won Boston University's Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the College Prize for Undergraduate Advising in the Humanities in 2002, and he is a two-time winner of the Distinguished Teaching Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. In 2007, he was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and, in 2009, in recognition of lifetime achievement in publication and teaching, fellow of the Text and Academic Authors Association.

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Helen Gardner (1878-1946) was an American art historian and educator. Her Art Through the Ages remains a standard text for American art history classes.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Arthur I. VINE VOICE on October 23, 2010
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Yes, this book is expensive... But it's worth every penny. I bought this book because I had to for my Art History class. My campus bookstore had a crappy three-hole-punch, loose-leaf version for about the same price so it was a no-brainer for me to upgrade to this hardback version instead.

The care that has gone into the writing and presentation of this book is amazing. It presents the history of art (and architecture) from the first cave paintings up until modern day. The online component ("ArtStudy Online") of this book is well worth utilizing, it has videos that expand upon the book topics, and high-quality zoomable images that feature relevant works of art the author couldn't squeeze into the book, plus easily accessible glossaries (with pronunciations) for every chapter.

I bought this book knowing nothing about art history and I've learned an incredible amount. The book presents the information very clearly. The pictures are crisp and clear and almost every image has a scale next to it so you can understand how big the art is.

This book is huge. It's 1088 pages and weighs a lot and is a work of art in itself! I'll be keeping this on my bookshelf long after my courses are over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Smothers on March 18, 2010
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The text is well-written, holding the reader's attention--assuming that s/he is interested in learning about the history of art!
The artworks chosen for reproduction with the text are plentiful, sharp, and are all in color.
The only drawback in my particular copy is that due to a production error at the printers, a few pages were bound waaay out of sequence!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bijoux on November 26, 2012
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Great book that offers a general evaluation of artistic periods ranging from pre-history to modern art. Keep in mind that this book is a combination of Gardner's Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective Volume I and II. I wasn't aware of that and now have 2 copies of the same book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By annabelle on November 15, 2013
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Just be careful ordering any items from VWINTON. I ordered 09/27/13 and received a damanged item on 10/10/13 which was a wide opened package (not small cracks here and there) that a mail man had to put it in a certain way so the book doesn't fall out of the box. It seemed like someone had to put it back once the book had fallen out of the box at some point because the plastic wrap that was supposed to keep the book clean was all ripped and the book was dirty and got beaten and the documents that was supposed to be inside of the plastic wrap are all over inside of the box, not sure if that's all of them either. I never seen any packages like this in my life so far. But this seller asked me to send me the picture of it for return then they said the book had no problem so they could not authorize the return although I explained them about the actual damage of the book. I filed a claim thru amazon.com but they said it was already passed 14 day window for a return so it cannot be returned. When I created the return authorization, it did not mention anything about 14 day return policy until I've been trying to figure it out thru the seller and the seller did not even mention about the 14 day return policy instead they looked at the picture of the damanged package and they did not think the book had any problems. As of today, my family and I are permanently stop using amazon.com but if you still do, watch out for VWINTON. They will pack a heavy text book with no bubble mailer to fill in or secure the item in a box and let it beaten during the delivery process. No matter what the blame will be on you. Amazon.com had delayed my responses and not responded in a timely manner and supported this seller by 14 day return policy which was never mentioned by amazon.com until I filed the claim. My business, my family and I are totally done with amazon.com.
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By David on May 22, 2014
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This book came fast, and in a good box. I needed this for my summer course and the book is much larger than I expected it to be. Definitely came in good quality, not badly damaged.
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I choose this rating because the book is good. What I like about the book is that their is over 300 additional new images are integrated into the text, and appear online as full size digital images with discussions written by the author. What I dislike about the book is that it had a lot of pages to read. I would recommend this book to other people.
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This textbook arrived quickly and in great condition as listed.

This is a great introductory textbook to art throughout a large chunk of history.
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By O. Ogunsakin on November 24, 2012
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Hefty book (in size and content). For me, a great reference material beyond Art History classes and college in general.
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