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Gardner's Art Through the Ages


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The birth of art - Africa, Europe, and the Near East in the Stone Age; the rise of civilization - the art of the ancient Near East; pharaohs, tombs, and temples - the art of Ancient Egypt; Minos and the heroes of Homer - the art of the prehistoric Aegean; gods, heroes, and athletes - the art of Ancient Greece; paths to enlightenment - the ancient art of South and Southeast Asia; Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism - the art of early China and Korea; sacred statues and secular scrolls - the art of early Japan; Italy before the Romans - the art of the Etruscans; from seven hills to three continents - the art of Ancient Rome; pagans, Christians, and Jews - the art of late antiquity; Rome in the East - the art of Byzantium; Muhammad and the Muslims - Islamic art; from Alaska to the Andes - the arts of the Ancient Americas; south of the Sahara - early African art; Europe after the Fall of Rome - Early Medieval art in the West; the age of pilgrims and crusaders - Romanesque art; the age of the great cathedrals - Gothic art; from Gothic to Renaissance - the 14th century in Italy; of piety, passion, and politics - 15th-century art in Northern Europe and Spain; humanism and the allure of antiquity - 15th-century Italian art; the beautiful, spiritual, and scientific in art - the High Renaissance and Mannerism; the age of reformation - 16th-century art in Northern Europe and Spain; of popes, peasants, monarchs, and merchants - art of the 17th and early 18th centuries in Europe; religious change and colonial rule - the later art of South and Southeast Asia; incursion, restoration, and transformation in East Asia - the later art of China and Korea; from the shoguns to the present - the art of later Japan; the Enlightenment and its legacy - neoclassicism through the mid-19th century; the rise of Modernism - the later 19th century; before and after the Conquistadors - the later native arts of the Americas; elders, "big men," chiefs, and kings - the arts of Oceania and Australia; exploration, colonization, and independence - later African art; the triumph of Modernist art - the early 20th century; the emergence of Postmodernism - the later 20th century.


Tansey and Kleiner have collaborated on the most thorough revision since 1970 of one of the central monuments of art-historical study. Extensively reorganized and rewritten, this massive book now contains five more chapters than the 9th edition. Among the beneficiaries are both African and Etruscan art, which each have their own chapter for the first time. Somewhat larger, more colorful illustrations, maps, and chronologies add to the overall improved look of this new version. As before, the prose is dense but readable, focusing primarily on appreciative descriptions of exemplary works and emphasizing the periodicity of artistic style. In a new concluding chapter, the authors acknowledge recent revisionist challenges to this more traditional approach. It's a cursory tip of the hat to postmodernism, followed by unconvincing attempts to legislate categories within the art of the 1980s and 1990s. Far better is the way most of the book deals with earlier eras, so that this remains the benchmark text against which all other general surveys can be measured. An improvement upon an already first-rate work; highly recommended.‘Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.

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