- Hardcover: 1240 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205873472
- ISBN-13: 978-0205873470
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 2.3 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 553 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“An excellent resource accessible to first-year and other students, but full of information to keep all readers interested through excellent writing and examples. It is beautifully illustrated and the electronic support is superb.”
- William Ganis, Wells College
“Thorough, thought-provoking...Excellent imagery and great plans and photos of architecture.”
- Elizabeth Olton, The University of Texas at San Antonio
“Stokstad/Cothren offers students access to knowledge about global art and its historical contexts while presenting information in a manner that will entice students to actually want to learn more.”
- Eleanor Moseman, Colorado State University
“Comprehensive. Intelligent, yet accessible for students. Provides strong historical and geographical context and framework for the students, as well as detailed analyses of works of art from cultures around the globe.”
- Deborah Haynes, University of Colorado, Boulder
“Good historical overview, good quality images (including those available for us digitally – thank you), excellent digital resources.”
- Denise Budd, Bergen Community College
From the Back Cover
In a very short time, Marilyn Stokstad's "Art History" has become the gold standard of introductions to the history of art. It has transformed the way the field of art history is perceived and experienced. Engaging, accessible, and, just as important, fun, "Art History" gives today's readers cultural and social context for art along with eloquent visual explanations of art's special qualities and particular vocabularies. Its animated and clear narrative tells the many-sided story of art, starting with the earliest prehistoric paintings and sculpture through today's wildly varying works in new mediums.
In addition to offering an outstanding collection of color illustrations, "Art History" features glorious maps, chronologies, and scores of labeled line drawings and architectural plans. Special essays called "The Object Speaks" offer tantalizing insights on topics such as authenticity, patronage, and artistic intention.
Thoroughly updated to reflect the latest in scholarship, this Revised Second Edition features even more works in color and more newly cleaned or restored works. Many works of art are completely new to the book, including a wall painting from Chauvet cave, a page from the Morgan Library Picture Bible, Bronzino's "Allegory with Venus and Cupid," Claude Lorrain's "Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba," Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp," and Courbet's "The Stone Breakers," among many others. The addition of cutting edge contemporary artists Jeff Wall and Jennifer Steinkampt, and architect Daniel Libeskind bring present-day currency to the book's scope. More attention has been paid to the art and culture of the Islamic world and specifically the OttomanEmpire.
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Unfortunately the colors in this entire book are off. The described "midnight blue sky" is BLACK. "The lovely pink stone" is TAN. The "rich red of the tapesty" is ORANGE and I could go on. What I had to do was look up the works of art on my computer to see what they REALLY looked like. Such a shame when you have good, descriptive text on high quality thick pages.
It makes me wonder if the fact that this has a Pearson Art Lab available for it if they are not concerning themselves with the text and only making sure the electronic version is correct? That would be dirty pool for students such as myself who barely afford our text books and don't purchase the Pearson when it is optional.
On the plus side, this book came from URent and was advertised as used. I kid you not, this text book was absolutely pristine in condition, in fact it was far better than the "New" textbook I received from Amazon for another class. This book looked brand new when I received it and I can't say enough good things about URent.
They need a thesaurus, though. You're going to see the word sumptuous about 10 times per chapter.