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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,048 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 1280 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Discontinued 3PD (first published December 1st 1995)
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Evan Leach
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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.

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Art History is designed as textbook for art history courses, and it can read like a textbook at times (albeit
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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!! ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best textbooks I have read so far
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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, which I find ridiculous. I got mine second hand.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like this kind of books. I hope many people read this book instead of playing computer games for exemple.
Rustic Tour Guide
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Great book
Steven Peterson
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
May 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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...
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Finally done! But then I understood there should be better Art books... lol
Cheryl K
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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One of my favorite Art History books. A beautifully illustrated introduction of Art History throughout the ages.
Elizabeth Baker
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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art history II maybe
Greg Tatum
Nov 13, 2010 marked it as art-books
My art history survey class book. Excellent.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Comprehensive and essential guide to the history of art.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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!
James Tomasino
May 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
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