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Gardner's Art through the Ages (1927)

by Helen Gardner

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In the mid 1920's a teacher at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago had a vision to provide students and instructors with a textbook that would introduce them to the artistic legacy of not only Europe, but of the entire globe. In 1926, Harcourt Brace and Company published that vision - ART THROUGH THE AGES. Since that time, Helen Gardner's vision has been the leader in educating students about the artistic legacy of the world. For the past 75 years, ART THROUGH THE AGES has defined the introductory art history course. The intention of this classic, in Helen Gardner's words, has been "to introduce the reader to certain phases of art, architecture, painting, sculpture, and the minor arts from the remote days of the glacial age in Europe, through successive civilizations of the Near East, Europe, America, and the Orient, to the twentieth century." Now, as we begin a new millennium, we do so with the eleventh edition. This text is more accessible and easier to read for students, but does not compromise the richness of the Gardner tradition.… (more)



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I wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I am -- perhaps because it's a well-established textbook, I anticipated loads of information but dull writing. What a surprise! This is amazingly informative AND engaging. It's enormous, of course, which makes comfortable reading a bit of a challenge ... but no complaints about the book's contents. And I'm only up to the Etruscan chapter ... ( )
  tungsten_peerts | Apr 25, 2020 |
Classic text with many illustrations and explanations. ( )
  atufft | Jul 7, 2019 |
840 pages; index and glossary in rear; 23 chapters. Pages tight, glossy, slight yelloweing on pages and edges; usual ex-library markings; Numerous b.w photos, illustrations, maps, and reproducations of art--Completely revised edition containing over 500 new illustations plus eight color plates. Has reputation of being the most complete one volume history of art in English. Yellow orange hard covers with black lettering and illustrations of art on covers. Dust jacket has mylar protector- scuffing and soiled areas on mylor protector; dj has black lettering and art reproduction on front and back dj. Section headings include: Introduction; Ancient Art; European Art; Non-European Art; ; Modern Art. Chapters headings include: Prehistoric; Egyptian; Middle Eastern; Aegean; Geek; Etruscan and Roman; Early Christian and Byzantine; Medieval; Renaissance; Baroque and Rococo; Colonial American; Russian; Islamic; Southeast Asian; Chinese; Japanese; Pre-Columbian May, Mexican, and Andean; North American Indian;; Primitive; Paianting; Photography, Sculpture; Architecture.
  rossah | Jan 6, 2014 |
  BRCSBooks | Mar 26, 2012 |
I used it before as a student and afterwards as a teacher.
Even though there are fortunately some other good books on the subject this one has been the best one. Each new edition has even enhanced all the good qualities in this book.

It includes not only all cultures and periods described in a clear and thorough way, but also a really good bibliography that has helped me a lot while trying to find a book about an artis, period or culture. This bibliography is really superior to any other introduction to Art History. ( )
  Paal | May 26, 2009 |
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Gardner, Helenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mamiya, Christin J.main authorsome editionsconfirmed
de la Croix, HorstEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kleiner, Fred S.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tansey, Richard G.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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