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The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus deepened their understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. By virtue of its comprehensive coverage, strong emphasis on context, and rich, accurate art reproductions, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has earned and sustained a reputation of excellence and authority. So much so, that in 2001, the Text and Academic Authors Association awarded both the McGuffey and the "Texty" Book Prizes to the Eleventh Edition of the text. It is the first art history book to win either award and the only title ever to win both prizes in one year. The Twelfth Edition maintains and exceeds the richness of the Gardner legacy with updated research and scholarship and an even more beautiful art program featuring more color images than any other art history book available. The Twelfth Edition features such enhancements as more color photographs, a stunning new design, and the most current research and scholarship. What's more, the expanded ancillary package that accompanies GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES, features a wealth of tools to enhance your students' experience in the course. With each new copy of the book, students receive a copy of the ArtStudy 2.0 CD-ROM--an interactive electronic study aid that fully integrates with the Twelfth Edition and includes hundreds of high-quality digital images, plus maps, quizzes, and more.


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The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus deepened their understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. By virtue of its comprehensive coverage, strong emphasis on context, and rich, accurate art reproductions, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has earned and sustained a reputation of excellence and authority. So much so, that in 2001, the Text and Academic Authors Association awarded both the McGuffey and the "Texty" Book Prizes to the Eleventh Edition of the text. It is the first art history book to win either award and the only title ever to win both prizes in one year. The Twelfth Edition maintains and exceeds the richness of the Gardner legacy with updated research and scholarship and an even more beautiful art program featuring more color images than any other art history book available. The Twelfth Edition features such enhancements as more color photographs, a stunning new design, and the most current research and scholarship. What's more, the expanded ancillary package that accompanies GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES, features a wealth of tools to enhance your students' experience in the course. With each new copy of the book, students receive a copy of the ArtStudy 2.0 CD-ROM--an interactive electronic study aid that fully integrates with the Twelfth Edition and includes hundreds of high-quality digital images, plus maps, quizzes, and more.

30 review for Art Through the Ages

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    I really did read this textbook cover to cover, for an AP Art History class. From ancient to modern - it gives a good summary. Not good for in-depth knowledge on specific topics. The broad range of topics led me to do my own research and helped me with Renaissance, Modern and American Art History courses. Anyone who wants to gain some knowledge of art history should skim the text for terms to throw around in a museum to sound decently knowledgeable. The language is straight forward – heck it has I really did read this textbook cover to cover, for an AP Art History class. From ancient to modern - it gives a good summary. Not good for in-depth knowledge on specific topics. The broad range of topics led me to do my own research and helped me with Renaissance, Modern and American Art History courses. Anyone who wants to gain some knowledge of art history should skim the text for terms to throw around in a museum to sound decently knowledgeable. The language is straight forward – heck it has pretty pictures, what else do you want?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    When I was in college as a freshman, this textbook was assigned for a survey class. It was the first textbook I've ever decided to keep and since then, I have read it almost entirely. I don't have an AH degree or anything like that, but as a enthusiast I wuld recommend it for anyone who aspires to broaden their understanding of the history of art. It's easy to read, the annotations are terrific and I just really enjoy it. When I was in college as a freshman, this textbook was assigned for a survey class. It was the first textbook I've ever decided to keep and since then, I have read it almost entirely. I don't have an AH degree or anything like that, but as a enthusiast I wuld recommend it for anyone who aspires to broaden their understanding of the history of art. It's easy to read, the annotations are terrific and I just really enjoy it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rob Corder

    This was my college text book. The current editors (at the time) were my college professors. I've read this and re-read this countless times through my life time. Like all great history books there are newly discovered names every time you re-read it. Fabulous general reference. This was my college text book. The current editors (at the time) were my college professors. I've read this and re-read this countless times through my life time. Like all great history books there are newly discovered names every time you re-read it. Fabulous general reference.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Art Through the Ages was used during both of my Art History courses that I took in my undergraduate studio art program. I really enjoyed the sections of this book that we studied. It gives a broad, yet comprehensive, view about how art has progressed over time and the historical events that influenced its development. I found it easy to read and understand and really enjoyed the numerous color photos found through out the text. It's an extremely heavy book and not one I often wanted to carry aro Art Through the Ages was used during both of my Art History courses that I took in my undergraduate studio art program. I really enjoyed the sections of this book that we studied. It gives a broad, yet comprehensive, view about how art has progressed over time and the historical events that influenced its development. I found it easy to read and understand and really enjoyed the numerous color photos found through out the text. It's an extremely heavy book and not one I often wanted to carry around. However, I can say that it's also one of the only text books I kept from my college days because it contains such a wealth of useful information.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hutchinson

    Can a textbook be a favorite book? This one is for me. This book opened up an entire world when I first read it in high school, creating a passion for art history that has carried over to me for these past four, nearly five, years. Without this book, I wouldn't have had the multitude of positive experiences at museums and art sites around the world. I would not have gained so much appreciation and wisdom. This book, frankly, is the best to introduce yourself to the wonderful world of human creat Can a textbook be a favorite book? This one is for me. This book opened up an entire world when I first read it in high school, creating a passion for art history that has carried over to me for these past four, nearly five, years. Without this book, I wouldn't have had the multitude of positive experiences at museums and art sites around the world. I would not have gained so much appreciation and wisdom. This book, frankly, is the best to introduce yourself to the wonderful world of human creation and to create an insatiable desire to learn more about the human experience as seen through art.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I had to read the entire book in a school year for my art history class, and although there was a lot to get through, it is a quality textbook. Interesting to read with a good format and a large amount of information. I would recommend it to anyone into art history with a need for a compendium of all art from prehistoric to 20th century.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robyn26 loid

    I read this book in college and found it to be very educational and enjoyable. I have enjoyed pulling this book out for review several times since then. I recently read a great book called, "The Art Dockuments" by author Carlton Davis. This a non-fiction book with a collection of stories about the Los Angeles art gallery in the 1980s. http://artdock.net/ I read this book in college and found it to be very educational and enjoyable. I have enjoyed pulling this book out for review several times since then. I recently read a great book called, "The Art Dockuments" by author Carlton Davis. This a non-fiction book with a collection of stories about the Los Angeles art gallery in the 1980s. http://artdock.net/

  8. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Carpenter

    yep theres some art in here

  9. 4 out of 5

    Omar

    It has a eurocentric focus, but the amount of work that is covered here is staggering dating back to the hunter gatherer days of our ancestors to contemporary art in the modern world. Art really is the best way to experience culture from around the world across time. Some of the paintings and architecture coming out of Ancient Egypt and Rome in particular were mesmerizing. The level of detail and emotion that we humans have been able to capture through creative work is truly breath taking and is It has a eurocentric focus, but the amount of work that is covered here is staggering dating back to the hunter gatherer days of our ancestors to contemporary art in the modern world. Art really is the best way to experience culture from around the world across time. Some of the paintings and architecture coming out of Ancient Egypt and Rome in particular were mesmerizing. The level of detail and emotion that we humans have been able to capture through creative work is truly breath taking and is something we can all take pride in as it's part of our heritage as a collective. I truly believe we should all find it within us in our lifetime to contribute to the arts in our own way as it allows us to connect with humanity in a meaningful way to reflect the times that we're in and how we're evolving intellectually. Art has a way of surviving long after we're gone which is a really beautiful thing as the spirit of the artist remains and will continue to inspire. This is a must-have for your bookshelf. 5/5

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A veritable tome of a book that is used as a main text book for visual art, but a great reference work for art enthusiasts. Worth every cent ... one of those books that takes pride of place on any book shelf at home.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    Screw you AP Art History.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nostalgia Reader

    **6th Edition Review** So much better than the modern version I used. This one covers all of art history (prehistory, through what was then recent in the 1960s/70s) and provides SO MUCH MORE actual historical background on both the history itself, as well as the artists, in addition to the artworks themselves. The pictures are mostly black and white (with color plates), but if you Google the artwork being discussed, you'll benefit even more from the history contained within. It still is awkwardly **6th Edition Review** So much better than the modern version I used. This one covers all of art history (prehistory, through what was then recent in the 1960s/70s) and provides SO MUCH MORE actual historical background on both the history itself, as well as the artists, in addition to the artworks themselves. The pictures are mostly black and white (with color plates), but if you Google the artwork being discussed, you'll benefit even more from the history contained within. It still is awkwardly worded and still doesn't say much, but it certainly says more than the 14th Edition I'm currently using for the second half (Renaissance to 1900) of art history. *edit on May 8* I've now used this book for multiple other classes, aside from art history, namely for mythology and archaeology. Quite indispensable for liberal students... practically all subjects can be tied to art history in some way or another.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Namita Tawde

    This book does not cover "world artistic tradition" as claimed in the preface. It starts with Neo, Paleo, Mesolithic and early evolutionary history but somewhere along the line becomes all about Western art, church propaganda and role of Christianity ending with modern art. Africas, South Americas, Middle East and Eastern civilization constitute hardly 5% of the total material. This book does not cover "world artistic tradition" as claimed in the preface. It starts with Neo, Paleo, Mesolithic and early evolutionary history but somewhere along the line becomes all about Western art, church propaganda and role of Christianity ending with modern art. Africas, South Americas, Middle East and Eastern civilization constitute hardly 5% of the total material.

  14. 4 out of 5

    blueMeridian

    This is the 9th edition, hardcover. Comprehensive in terms of western art, with a good representation of non-European influences, it is understandably considered a standard text of art history education.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    Up until reading this I'd only read one general survey of art history, and that, years before. John Elkin, once a student of the Art Institute in Chicago, had used this as a school text and recommended it as a good general survey. It was. Up until reading this I'd only read one general survey of art history, and that, years before. John Elkin, once a student of the Art Institute in Chicago, had used this as a school text and recommended it as a good general survey. It was.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Whanthatapril jeff

    Great survey of the history of art. Originally published in the 1920's it remains the standard and most used. It has gone through zillions of editions. More recent versions come with a CD/DVD of photos. Great survey of the history of art. Originally published in the 1920's it remains the standard and most used. It has gone through zillions of editions. More recent versions come with a CD/DVD of photos.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Priscilla

    This is my favorite college text book. If there is such a thing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Noah Richardson

    textbook from college

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    This was my college textbook back in 1982. I've kept it and have referred back to it hundreds of times. This was my college textbook back in 1982. I've kept it and have referred back to it hundreds of times.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dottie

    I've read this over, and over and over again. It's a text book, but it's beautiful. I think I have too many editions to admit. Time to bring it out again and read more :) I've read this over, and over and over again. It's a text book, but it's beautiful. I think I have too many editions to admit. Time to bring it out again and read more :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    OK, so I read this for school, which tempers it a bit, but overall I found it a clear, easy-to-read history of art, good for getting an overview of a variety of periods, styles, and artists.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    This was my text book when I took Art History classes in the olden days. At that time there were few women artists discussed in this text. Hope that has changed in more recent editions.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Yes, surely a staple from most art schools' must haves. A decent and comprehensive reference but lacks female artist representation in a big way. Yes, surely a staple from most art schools' must haves. A decent and comprehensive reference but lacks female artist representation in a big way.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Only college textbook I kept, and still pull out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Zorndorf

    5/5: A great summary of art and history through the standard chronology and placement beginning with the middle east, traversing through to europe, america, and including some african and asian art. I imagine it would be best read for a class, as the experience was most satisfying when I understood how each era influences the next, and how the different styles relate to each other, and it was difficult to come back to the book after a couple of months and remember what had happened previously. T 5/5: A great summary of art and history through the standard chronology and placement beginning with the middle east, traversing through to europe, america, and including some african and asian art. I imagine it would be best read for a class, as the experience was most satisfying when I understood how each era influences the next, and how the different styles relate to each other, and it was difficult to come back to the book after a couple of months and remember what had happened previously. This was my first art history book, and I really enjoyed it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Fassonaki

    This book brings back so many memories. This is one of the few books aside from my theatre anthologies that I kept from my college classes. This book along with the class gave me a modest understanding of art and architecture through the beginnings of civilization. However it gave me a much deeper appreciation and love of art and architecture that has remained with me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    George

    this is a great textbook that will take you through the most important works of art through the ages.I enjoyed the fact that the authors provided us with brief historical backgrounds and other explanations to why and how some masterpieces came to be.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Mantilla

    The story is powerful; I like how it was presented. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or jo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Davon

    A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    R.A. Bentinck

    This was my Art Bible for four years in art school.

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