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ART HISTORY provides students with the most student-friendly, contextual, and inclusive art history survey text on the market. These hallmarks make ART HISTORY the choice for instructors who seek to actively engage their students in the study of art. This new edition of ART HISTORY is the result of a happy and productive collaboration between two scholar-teachers (Marilyn ...more
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Published July 4th 2010 by Pearson
(first published November 29th 1995)
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As Stokstad is considered among the standard choices for art history surveys, I had to look at this text when the prospect of teaching such a course arose. I was dismayed. This book is a laundry list of what makes art history such a misunderstood and poorly respected discipline in the arts & sciences: lite on fact, heavy on subjective interpretations, superficial job of integrating the art she examines into its broader intellectual, political and spiritual contexts, and with a nice dollop of ...more
Oct 05, 2012 ayanami rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Basically what you'd expect when you hear the words "art history textbook": dry, boring, too many names and dates and not nearly enough political/social/historical context to explain why the particular works are significant. This really only covers Western art history and skims over the rest of the world with multiple cultures crammed in only a few chapters while the sections on Western movements (comprising 95% of the book) include a lot of unnecessary details (eg. gossip-y minutia about the ar ...more
Fairly well written and interesting, for a textbook. This a la Carte edition comes with tons of study resources and online chapter audio which helped immensely when I was tired of reading. The content was a good mix of historical context, formal analysis and artist bio with enough dashes of gossip to keep things interesting. My only real complaint is that the non-European/ American art chapters are embarrassingly thin, although this seems more symptomatic of art history scholarship in general.
Jan 06, 2015 Manda rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I probably could have made some money by selling these back to the school, but i love them so much. Some day my children will pull them off the bookshelf and ask me about artwork i won't remember. I'll make something up, it'll be grand.