Appropriate for one-semester art history surveys or historically-focused art appreciation classes, "A History of Western Art, Fifth Edition", combines sound scholarship, lavish visuals, and a lively narrative to provide students with an accessible and engaging introduction to art history. Focusing on the Western canon, the text presents a compelling chronological narrative from prehistory to the present. A non-Western supplement, "World Views: Topics in Non-Western Art", addresses specific areas of non-Western art and augments the Western chronology by illustrating moments of thematic relationships and cross-cultural contact.
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An introductory chapter "Why Do We Study Art?" explains many of the interpretive methodologies used to describe and understand works of art.
Drawing studies for major works of art provide a glimpse of the artistic process.
Large-format illustrations, often with multiple views (for sculpture) and details (for painting), enhance appreciation and understanding of art.
Context essays and technique commentaries help students interpret artworks by offering cultural and historical background, and by explaining media and techniques.
"Connections" features show how a particular work of art was influenced by or otherwise relates to an earlier work of art.
Beyond the West essays introduce world art out side the Western canon.
Laurie Schneider Adams received a Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University. She is Professor Emerita of Art History at John Jay College, City University of New York, where she taught art survey, and at the Graduate Center, where she taught courses on the Italian Renaissance and on Art and Psychoanalysis. She has published articles on iconography and on art and psychology. She is the editor of Giotto in Perspectiveand of the journal Source: Notes in the History of Art; the author of A History of Western Art, Art across Time, Looking at Art, The Methodologies of Art, Art and Psychoanalysis, and Art on Trial; and co-author (with Maria Grazia Pernis) of Federico da Montefeltro and Sigismondo Malatesta: The Eagle and the Elephant and of 5 children's books (with Allison Coudert).
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