- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 5th Revised edition (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810934213
- ISBN-13: 978-0810934214
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 9.2 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For thousands of art lovers both amateur and professional, aesthetic life began with Janson, as H.W. Janson's History of Art is often called. In the first edition, published in 1962, Janson spoke to that perennial reader he gently called "the troubled layman." His opening paragraph revealed his sympathy: "Why is this supposed to be art?" he quoted rhetorically. "How often have we heard this question asked--or asked it ourselves, perhaps--in front of one of the strange, disquieting works that we are likely to find nowadays in the museum or art exhibition." Keeping that curious, questioning perspective in mind, he wrote a history of art from cave painting to Picasso that was singularly welcoming, illuminating, and exciting.
After H.W. Janson died, in 1982, his son, Anthony F. Janson, took over the daunting task of revising his father's book. Janson the elder would be thrilled with the beauty of this fifth edition, which tips the scales at more than seven pounds. Thanks to advances in printing, it teems with reproductions--736 in color and 500 black-and-white--that would have been far too costly 35 years ago. At an even 1,000 pages, it is an inch thicker than its 572-page progenitor.
Sojourning through this book, a reader is offered every amenity for a comfortable trip. Because Janson never assumes knowledge on the part of the reader, a recent immigrant from Mars could comprehend Western art from this text. The only assumption the Jansons have made is that with a little guidance everyone can come to understand the artifacts that centuries of architecture, sculpture, design, and painting have deposited in our paths. Countless readers have proven the Jansons right--and found their lives enriched in the process. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The definitive survey of the Western Art tradition -- the standard to which all other art history surveys are compared -- this classic text uses an exceptional art program, impeccable scholarship, gorgeous color pictures, and an unmatched student-friendly pedagogy to introduce readers to the vast world of Western painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and the minor arts. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Although I didn't do that great in the course, I loved the book.
Somehow, my first one got misplaced and I always wanted another when I saw this at an unbelievable price.
Love the book and the seller did a great job of shipping on time
For the student of an art history class, for the emerging artist, or for the artistic layperson, this spectacular edition of 1,000 pages empowers one with art essentials from its roots to modern works and philosophies. Co-authors H.W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson commence this visual and textual journey with cave paintings (prehistoric art) and eventually conclude with contemporary post-modernism. The contents are thus:
Chapter One - Prehistoric Art
Chapter Two - Egyptian Art
Chapter Three - Ancient Near Eastern Art
Chapter Four - Aegean Art
Chapter Five - Greek Art
Chapter Six - Etruscan Art
Chapter Seven - Roman Art
Chapter One - Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Chapter Two - Early Medieval Art
Chapter Three - Romanesque Art
Chapter Four - Gothic Art
Chapter One - The Early Renaissance in Italy
Chapter Two - The High Renaissance in Italy
Chapter Three - Mannerism and Other Trends
Chapter Four - "Late Gothic" Painting, Sculpture, and the Graphic Arts
Chapter Five - The Renaissance in the North
Chapter Six - The Baroque in Italy and Spain
Chapter Seven - The Baroque in Flanders and Holland
Chapter Eight - The Baroque in France and England
Chapter Nine - The Rococo
Chapter One - Neoclassicism and Romanticism
Chapter Two - Realism and Impressionism
Chapter Three - Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, and Art Nouveau
Chapter Four - Twentieth-Century Painting
Chapter Five - Twentieth-Century Sculpture
Chapter Six - Twentieth-Century Architecture
Chapter Seven - Twentieth-Century Photography
Chapter Eight - Postmodernism
All the created visual arts are included here: architecture, sculpture, photography, painting, etc. The entire work is bulging with spectacular color photographs (and some black and white pictures as well) of all periods and art forms under discussion. Detailed biographies of the respective artists have also been incorporated into the text which reads very fluidly.
H. W. Janson (1913 - 1982) first published "History of Art" in 1962 - it has sold over two million copies in various languages. Janson was born in St. Petersburg. Following the early phases of the 1917 Russian Revolution his family moved to Finland and then to Hamburg where Janson ultimately attended and graduated from the Wilhelms Gymnasium. He subsequently studied art history at the University of Hamburg. In 1935 Janson immigrated to the United States where he completed a PhD at Harvard University in 1942.
Co-author Anthony F. Janson also wrote History of Art for Young People (Trade Version) (6th Edition).
In summary, one could hardly find a more inclusive or authoritative text on art history and I found this work to be as impressive in design and layout as it is informative.
I don't know what the latest edition is like, but this older edition still tells a great story and represents a great value.