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Exceptional in its scholarship and stunning in its beauty, this is the art history book of choice for a new generation. Balancing both the traditions of art history and the new trends of the present. Art History is the most comprehensive, accessible, and magnificently illustrated work of its kind.


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Exceptional in its scholarship and stunning in its beauty, this is the art history book of choice for a new generation. Balancing both the traditions of art history and the new trends of the present. Art History is the most comprehensive, accessible, and magnificently illustrated work of its kind.

30 review for Art History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Evan Leach

    While I have always been interested in the history of art, I really didn’t know much about the subject. In order to rectify that fact, a few years ago I went in search of a good introductory book. After some research, I ended up picking up a copy of Marilyn Stokstad’s two-volume set, and I have been picking my way through it ever since, finally polishing volume two off earlier this week. Art History is designed as textbook for art history courses, and it can read like a textbook at times (albeit While I have always been interested in the history of art, I really didn’t know much about the subject. In order to rectify that fact, a few years ago I went in search of a good introductory book. After some research, I ended up picking up a copy of Marilyn Stokstad’s two-volume set, and I have been picking my way through it ever since, finally polishing volume two off earlier this week. Art History is designed as textbook for art history courses, and it can read like a textbook at times (albeit an engaging one). However, it has plenty to offer the general reader. The book is extremely comprehensive, covering artwork from prehistoric cave paintings through the modern and post-modern era. While plenty of space is devoted to Western artwork, Stokstad also spends time discussing artwork from all over the world. While the emphasis is on painting and sculpture, a significant amount of time is spent on architectural development as well. The book is chock-full of high quality, color photographs of the artwork under discussion, which was an important factor for me. While the writing is simple and direct (again, think textbook), Stokstad writes clearly and does a good job of explaining the importance of artistic movements and concepts for the layman. With a scope this large, Art History is forced to march pretty quickly through some major artists and time periods that I would have liked to see covered in greater depth. But as an introductory volume this was very effective and informative, and if it left me wanting to know more about specific artists and their careers, then perhaps it did its job. 4.0 stars, recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    It's huge, very heavy. Had to read the whole book (except architecture) for a 1 year docent class. Great resource -- but too big to carry to a class!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    One of the best textbooks I have read so far...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tlaloc

    This book delves deep into the history of art and covers, to varying degrees, all continents and most historical periods. With hundreds of pictures, including paintings, architecture and landscapes. As much as I enjoyed it, the newer edition goes for ~$130 on Amazon.com, which I find ridiculous. I got mine second hand.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre

    My Primary Textbook

  6. 5 out of 5

    Losabin

    I like this kind of books. I hope many people read this book instead of playing computer games for exemple.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rustic Tour Guide

    A Great book

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melina

    Comprehensive and essential guide to the history of art.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    My son's textbook turns out to be a pleasure to me! This is Volume Two of a two volume set on art history. It covers the period from early Renaissance art in Europe to the post-1945 international avant-garde. In between is art from Europe and other parts of the world, including India, China, Japan, the Americas, the Pacific cultures, and Africa. The Introduction places the time frame in this book in context. The book begins with such architectural gems as the Church of Saint-Maclou in Rouen, van My son's textbook turns out to be a pleasure to me! This is Volume Two of a two volume set on art history. It covers the period from early Renaissance art in Europe to the post-1945 international avant-garde. In between is art from Europe and other parts of the world, including India, China, Japan, the Americas, the Pacific cultures, and Africa. The Introduction places the time frame in this book in context. The book begins with such architectural gems as the Church of Saint-Maclou in Rouen, van Eyck's art, tapestry, frescoes, the Dome of the Florence Cathedral, Donatello's sculpture, and so on. Fast forward to the avant-garde. Anselm Kiefer's painting, "Heath of the Brandenberg March," is very telling to me. All in all, a nice tour of art in all its forms and in different regions of the world from the Renaissance to the present. . . .

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    If you want to read an Art History book read this one. Actually I have not only this book but she also broke it down into smaller sections which I used for my Asian Art class and really are more convenient. This book is huge and not one that you would carry around with you everywhere. That said though it is very well written and the vast amount of information given on a huge breadth of subjects is very impressive. The images are great quality and again amazing in their number. Not a dry read at If you want to read an Art History book read this one. Actually I have not only this book but she also broke it down into smaller sections which I used for my Asian Art class and really are more convenient. This book is huge and not one that you would carry around with you everywhere. That said though it is very well written and the vast amount of information given on a huge breadth of subjects is very impressive. The images are great quality and again amazing in their number. Not a dry read at all and one that makes cultures and their art come alive.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    This was my textbook for AP Art History in high school and it remains my go-to reference for anything art related other than the most modern pieces (I have the 1996 version so it obviously doesn't cover present day). At 16 years old the binding is broken, the pages are torn, and there are hundreds of post-its marking favorite pages. If you are looking for an in-depth beginners reference, this is still a wonderful book to pick up today.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    This book, this five lb. book was what I lugged around for four years. My lovely survey book. I would be lost without it. Filled with post-it notes and highlighter marks. Stokstad's Art History survey is amazing. If you are looking for a great coffee table book with lots of amazing info inside this is the book for you. This edition is not the one I had, mine was from 1999 but I think that one is out of print now...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ren

    I had to read this for class. Went in chronological order, so it's of easy to follow. The earlier chapters were great. Loved to see where art came from, but the later chapters were all about religious artworks then anything else. Not a religious person at all, so reading about that type of artwork really bothered me, but if that's what type of art you like, then you will love the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    enitsirK

    I don't know why anyone would rate it a 2 or a 3. It's definitely a 5. :) Then again, we all have different tastes. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the Arts and for those who simply want to expand their horizon.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alcibiades

    Finally done! But then I understood there should be better Art books... lol

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl K

    One of my favorite Art History books. A beautifully illustrated introduction of Art History throughout the ages.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Baker

    art history II maybe

  18. 5 out of 5

    Greg Tatum

    My art history survey class book. Excellent.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Arthistorynewsandviews

    I Love this book! it is currently my textbook in my art history class and it is chock full of information about anything you need to know about art! this is a must read for ANY art historian!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    709 S8749a 2011

  21. 5 out of 5

    James Tomasino

    There's only so much love you can show a book on Art History. She managed to keep it from getting completely dry, but by the end I was still struggling.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nikol Georgieva

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

  24. 5 out of 5

    Forrest Brinker

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rahul

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vân Kagawa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vera Chino

  28. 5 out of 5

    Philip Adrian

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ali

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ujala Lama

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