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History of Art: The Western Tradition, Vol. 1 Paperback – July 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0131826229 ISBN-10: 0131826220 Edition: 6th
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H. W. JANSON is a legendary name in the field of art history. For more than twenty-five years professor of fine arts at New York University, he produced an impressive list of publications. Among them are many books that remain standard references, including The Story of Painting for Young People (with Dora Jane Janson, his wife), The Sculpture of Donatello, 19th Century Art (with Robert Rosenblum), and 19th-Century Sculpture. His world-famous History of Art has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Twice a Guggenheim Fellow, Professor Janson was for three years editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Art Bulletin. ANTHONY F. JANSON, professor of art history at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, has forged a distinguished career as a teacher, writer, and museum professional. Besides authoring books, catalogs, and articles on Western art from the Renaissance to 1900, he has held curatorial posts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida; and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. After his father's death in 1982, Dr. Janson took over authorship of History of Art and History of Art for Young People, on which he had earlier collaborated. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall College Div; 6th edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131826220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131826229
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 12, 2006
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In the introduction to this edition, Anthony Janson (whose father, H.W. Janson, still has top billing for the volume) talks about the long tradition he and his father have had toward this volume and the larger work that carries the same name. It has been a standard in Western art education for decades, and the revisions periodically placed serve to bring new interpretations, perspectives and finds into the mix of history.

Prior to diving into the depths of art, Janson provides a primer - art history is a relatively new discipline, and often studied by historians and others with interest but relatively little training in artistic areas themselves. This book is about the visual arts (those of drama, music, etc. are not included here, but architecture is to some degree); Janson gives a brief survey of key concepts that are critical to understanding the mediums (artists, Janson states, prefer to use the plural of medium as mediums rather than media). Geometric and visual appreciation concepts are introduced, as are philosophical/aesthetic ideas.

The majority of the text is divided into four broad sections: The Ancient World, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance through the Rococo, and the Modern World. This is a book that really a survey or history of Western art - it does have a brief section at the beginning of the Ancient World on cave art and neolithic art in North America, but apart from this never wanders outside the main courses of Western art even in the modern period. As an introductory text, this is not surprising - many of the values and concepts of art in non-Western cultures require more explanation for adequate aesthetic appreciation of their art than an introductory survey course could cover.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2004
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ISBN# 0-13-019729-7 is for volume 1 which only covers "Prehistoric Through Gothic Art"... very disappointing considering I ordered this book under the assumption that it went up through the postmodern period
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