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History of Art Hardcover – January 1, 2004
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I think this book strikes a good balance between textual description and devoting space for the photos. Other art books have so much text one wonders where is the art. Still the book is voluminous. I covered the second half in a 1-semester Art history course and quickly fell behind in the reading. I suggest for the eager student to get a head start and begin reading this book over the summer in order not to fall behind. The great thing about this volume is that, long after my class was over, this book is still on my bookshelf serving as a useful reference as well as a key to the beautiful world of art.
If you desire a general art reference you won't go wrong with this gem and you'll not find anything better. I have the 3rd edition also and it is excellent but this 6th one is greatly expanded (e.g., lots more photos and color) while retaining the user-friendly nature of the earlier editions. The text is clear and interesting, not written in the dry, boring style of a textbook. The printing and reproductions are top-quality. This art book is truly itself a masterpiece!
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The writing style is very bad. The rule for writing a paragraph is one paragraph per subject. But Jansen squeezes different levels of writing into a paragraph so you're talking... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paula
Many years ago someone gave me this edition as a present. It has glorified my shelf, but not my mind, since. However, that was an error on my part. Read morePublished 9 months ago by netvisitorutah
This is one of the best art books I have seen. We used it in college and it was so complete. I got the first edition and this was
at the same time I took the class. Read more