Art History (ISBN: 013357542X) authored by Marilyn Stokstad, Marion Spears Grayson, Stephen Addiss, Bradford R. Collins, Chu-tsing Li, Marylin M. Rhie, Chrisopher D. Roy, has 1167 pages and 1625 illustrations (including 761 plates in full color; 29 maps and 29 timelines).
Art History throws open the windows on the world of art. Engaging and accessible, it tells the many-sided story of art as one of the oldest, most revelatory, and most intriguing of human activities. The first new major survey of art to be published in many years and created for today's reader, Art History is a dynamic and endlessly rewarding one-book source of information and pleasure. It functions as a self-contained visual and textual compendium of art history in its cultural context, requiring virtually no prior knowledge or outside reference material. The book's imaginative design mirrors lively content. Integrated maps and timelines visually reinforce the relationship of artworks and cultures in space and time.
Written by an outstanding team of scholars and teachers, all gifted at transforming complex ideas into meaningful, clear prose, Art History covers the Western tradition and the cultures of the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas--each on its own terms. The world's finest painting, sculpture, and works of architecture are covered here, as are drawings, photographs, works in metal, ceramics, and textiles. All are discussed within the social, religious, and intellectual contexts of their creation. The authors also address intriguing issues surrounding art: Is art taken as war booty a matter of protection or theft? How does the "title" of artwork affect our perception of its meaning? What explains the relatively low number of women artists?
A special section on techniques illustrates practical matters of production; for example, how Japanese armor was constructed, the process used to make ancient coins, how a camera works, the steps in the lost-wax casting process, and weaving and embroidery techniques. Architecture receives particular attention in hundreds of clearly labeled drawings and diagrams. All terms--even the most basic--are defined when first introduced and are included in the 900-word glossary.
The book was originally priced at $74.50 and weighs nearly 10 pounds. This hardcover copy is in excellent condition appearing unread and almost like new. The book is solid and without any writing, marks or tears. The dustjacket has one scrape at the upper right corner (clearly depicted in the listing photo which is a scan of the actual book) but is otherwise in fine condition. There are no remainder marks and this is not an ex-library copy.
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