History of Art, The Western Tradition, Volume I: Prehistoric Through Gothic Art

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For two-semester courses in Art History Survey and for Introductory Art courses taught from a historical perspective.

The definitive survey of the Western Art tradition—the standard against which all other art history surveys are measured—this classic text uses an exceptional art program, impeccable scholarship, rich color, accurate illustrations printed in five colors, and student-friendly pedagogy to introduce readers to the vast world of Western painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and the minor arts. With an effectively written, balanced, and interesting narrative, it presents art as a succession of styles—from Prehistory through the 1990s—and enlarges students' capacity to appreciate individual works of art in and of themselves, not merely to accumulate data about them.

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History of Art, the classic survey of Western art by H.W. and Anthony F. Janson, has, for generations, maintained the highest quality in both scholarship and art reproduction. This definitive text, remaining forever vital, has undergone several significant changes in its Sixth Edition. Rewritten in a more accessible style, this already sumptuously illustrated book has been further enhanced by the inclusion of over 150 new illustrations, approximately 75% of which are in color. Many of these images have been added to informative, cross-disciplinary essays that focus mainly on music and theater but also on such topics as Greek and Roman mythology. Christian iconography, Western monastic orders, and medieval guilds. This new feature further enriches the updated and reworked narrative, as do the expanded Primary Source readings, which are keyed to the text. Solid pedagogy is reinforced by the inclusion of glossaries with clear and concise definitions illustrated by figure references from the chapters. With an aim toward greater clarity and usefulness, the maps have been consolidated, revised, and handsomely redesigned. An updated Website directory of museums and general art sites, as well as an outstanding bibliography, complete the featured changes to this edition.

The quality of this book's 288 strikingly accurate color reproductions and 159 rich black-and-white photographs—printed on matte-coated paper—far surpasses that found in any other survey. The verity of the color tones and black-and-white values is an invaluable asset in the study and appreciation of individual works of art, and the proximity of all the illustrations to the discussions about them is critical to a book that is based on the understanding of formal elements and style.

The intelligence, verve, and clarity that have always characterized History of Art remain. This great book rises above its many imitators in its comprehension of the Western tradition, its clarity of expression, and its physical beauty as an artbook. From the 30,000-year-old paintings at Chauvet cave in Southern France to today's experimental installations, the connections, transitions, and comparisons among styles and cultures are explained. The narrative of art history is told with majesty, balance, and wit—enlarging our capacity to understand and appreciate the works of art themselves, not merely t accumulate data about them. As the Jansons tell it, the story of art becomes an adventure, a quest for the forms and techniques that have been devised to satisfy the ageless human drive for self-expression.

About the Author:

H. W. JANSON is a legendary name in the field of art history. For more than twenty-five years professor of fine arts at New York University, he produced an impressive list of publications. Among them are many books that remain standard references, including The Story of Painting for Young People (with Dora Jane Janson, his wife), The Sculpture of Donatello, 19th Century Art (with Robert Rosenblum), and 19th-Century Sculpture. His world-famous History of Art has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Twice a Guggenheim Fellow, Professor Janson was for three years editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Art Bulletin.

ANTHONY F. JANSON, professor of art history at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, has forged a distinguished career as a teacher, writer, and museum professional. Besides authoring books, catalogs, and articles on Western art from the Renaissance to 1900, he has held curatorial posts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida; and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. After his father's death in 1982, Dr. Janson took over authorship of History of Art and History of Art for Young People, on which he had earlier collaborated.

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