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Janson's History of Art: The Western Tradition (8th Edition) 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205685172
ISBN-10: 020568517X
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Rewrittenand reorganized, this new edition weaves together the most recent scholarship, the most current thinking in art history, and the most innovative online supplements, including digital art library.Experience the new Janson and re-experience the history of art.

 

Long established as the classic and seminal introduction to art of the Western world, the Eighth Edition ofJanson's History of Artis groundbreaking. When Harry Abrams first published theHistory of Artin 1962, John F. Kennedy occupied the White House, and Andy Warhol was an emerging artist.  Janson offered his readers a strong focus on Western art, an important consideration of technique and style, and a clear point of view.The History of Art, said Janson, was not just a stringing together of historically significant objects, but the writing of a story about their interconnections, a history of styles and of stylistic change. Janson's text focused on the visual and technical characteristics of the objects he discussed, often in extraordinarily eloquent language. Janson'sHistory of Arthelped to establish the canon of art history for many generations of scholars.

 

About the Author

Penelope J. E. Davies is Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. She is a scholar of Greek and Roman art and architecture as well as a field archaeologist. She is author of Death and the Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monuments from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, winner of the Vasari Award.

 

Walter B. Denny is a Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  In addition to exhibition catalogues, his publications include books on Ottoman Turkish carpets, textiles, and ceramics, and articles on miniature painting, architecture and architectural decoration.

 

Frima Fox Hofrichter is Professor and former Chair of the History of Art and Design department at Pratt Institute.  She is author of Judith Leyster, A Dutch Artist in Holland’s Golden Age, which received CAA’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund Award.

 

Joseph Jacobs is an independent scholar, critic, and art historian of modern art in New York City.  He was the curator of modern art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, director of the Oklahoma City Art Museum, and curator of American art at The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.

 

David L. Simon is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he received the Basset Teaching Award in 2005. Among his publications is the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters.

 

Ann M. Roberts, Professor of Art at Lake Forest College has published essays, articles and reviews on both Northern and Italian Renaissance topics. Her research focuses on women in the Renaissance, and her most recent publication is entitled Dominican Women and Renaissance Art:The Convent of San Domenico of Pisa.

 

H. W. Janson was a legendary name in art history.  During his long career as a teacher and scholar, he helped define the discipline through his impressive books and other publications. 

 

Anthony F. Janson forged a distinguished career as a professor, scholar, museum professional and writer.  From the time of his father’s death in 1982 until 2004, he authored History of Art.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (January 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020568517X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205685172
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 2.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having used this book in my 2002 Art history class, I can say without reservation that is is probably the best Art History book I have studied. A close second would be the History of Modern Art by Arnason. Countless times I have referred to this book for references to art for my blog and personal works of art. If this isn't you schools text book, it should be.
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Having slogged through Stokstad, I found myself breezing through Janson. Janson's prose is clear and concise. The photographic reproductions of paintings, sculpture, and architecture is sublime. And most importantly, the analysis of the subject matter is astounding and the best you will find.

This is not a small book. At over 1100 pages, this book needs to be enjoyed in small chunks. But if you do manage to finish it, then you are well prepared to understand the evolution of art from Stone Age to whatever age we are in today - Deconstructed Information Age?

My only real problem is for the modern period. While talking about Japanese influence on European art (and btw, for the majority of the art, it is Italian and French with some thought given to the UK, Germany, and the US), it would have been nice to have a discussion of Japanese art for a few pages. In this respect Stokstad does a better job - you can see the connections of the Japanese art to the European art. But this does not distract from the exemplary text that is this book.

Hopefully this book inspires you to read more detailed books on specific periods - books like the World of Art series.
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I've used an earlier edition when I was in high school and finally got around to purchasing this edition for myself. The editors have always done an excellent job with each addition. The book is rich in information and most up-to-date with the latest information. Each page has graphic elements, from several pictures or multiple diagrams. Though thick and heavy, it's great for the coffee table.
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This is a great art history reference book. I'm only through the first 8 or so chapters, but it is very well written, it's detailed, and the illustrations are great, fine color, line, and detail. It appears to be very sturdy and the paper stock is heavy. Of course, the quality and size of this book make it very, very heavy. You won't lug this tome to the museum as a handy reference source!. While it's pricey, I think the quality (physical as well as content), scope, and size of this book make it a very good purchase.
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I used the original Janson when I took art history in college. I bought this for my son and started reading it on my own. What a wonderful rework of this classic. It provides very accessible descriptions of historical context as well as clear presentations of the impact of "technology" (i.e. development of various media) on the ability of the artists of various periods to express themselves. Love this book.
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Bought this for my daughter for college art requirement. She liked it so well that she wanted to keep it instead of selling it at the end of semester. Lots of valuable information in here and examples by photo's.
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Jansen's History of Art is simply a beautiful book with all the information you need to get familiar with the world of art from the Paleolithic era till today. One short advice: if you're planning a long vacation/trip to the oversees while attending an online class (like myself), please make sure to buy the electronic version, because the book is huge, and extremely heavy!
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Fantastic pricing for textbook. Condition of book was very good. The textbook itself is amazing such that I almost wish that I had bought it outright. A very impressive comprehensive study of Western Art. Still have a long way to go to incorporate more women, but they've made much progress since original publication.
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