Gardner's Art through the Ages,
16th Edition

Fred S. Kleiner

ISBN-13: 9780357370391
Copyright 2021 | Published
608 pages | List Price: USD $217.95

Experience the wonders of human creativity in GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, VOLUME II, 16th Edition! A grand tour of the most celebrated works in Western Civilization, from the Stone Age to the modern era, this introductory text has been a classroom favorite for 85 years. Every chapter includes rich and compelling discussions of pivotal art works, periods and geographies in art history, as well as new artists and art forms. The bold illustrations on the pages look almost as good as the real thing, especially when you use the unique Scale feature to imagine a work’s stature from the artist’s point of view. And to keep your course success in focus, the text offers Quick Review Captions and Big Picture Overviews, as well as an optional ebook that enables you to zoom in on fine details of paintings, sculptures, and priceless art forms of all kinds.


Preface xi Before 1300 xvii
What Is Art History? 1
Late Medieval Italy 419
Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Northern Europe 567
The Renaissance in Quattrocento Italy 593
Renaissance and Mannerism in Cinquecento Italy 635
High Renaissance and Mannerism in Northern Europe and Spain 685
The Baroque in Italy and Spain 711
The Baroque in Northern Europe 739
Rococo to Neoclassicism: The 18th Century in Europe and America 771
Romanticism, Realism, Photography: Europe and America, 1800 to 1870 801
Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism: Europe and America, 1870 to 1900 849
Modernism in Europe, 1900 to 1945 887
Modernism in the United States and Mexico, 1900 to 1945 933
Modernism and Postmodernism in Europe and America, 1945 to 1980 957
Contemporary Art Worldwide 1003

Notes 1042
Glossary 1045
Bibliography 1056
Credits 1068
Index 1073

  • Fred S. Kleiner

    Fred S. Kleiner, Ph.D. has been professor of art history and archeology at Boston University for four decades. He taught previously at University of Virginia and served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Acclaimed for inspiring lectures, Dr. Kleiner won Boston University's Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, the College Prize for Undergraduate Advising in the Humanities and the Distinguished Teaching Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London as well as a member of the Text and Academic Authors Association. In addition to this title, Dr. Kleiner has authored several editions of ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY (Cengage), A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART (Cengage) and more than 100 publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture. Dr. Kleiner earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

  • Enhanced Focus: Two new chapters separate European and American art and architecture from 1900 to 1945, giving these topics the attention they deserve.

  • Living Artists: A chapter on Contemporary Art Worldwide features new works by living artists, including Kerry James Marshall, Faith Ringgold, Sokari Douglas Camp, Damien Hirst and Doris Salcedo.

  • Improved Images: With more than 200 new images and enhancements to existing images, the 16th edition offers the highest quality reproduction images in terms of clarity and color-fidelity.

  • Global Locators: Using Google Earth coordinates for sites and the provenance of artwork discussed in the text offers a virtual tour of art through the ages.

  • A Second Opinion Essays: These essays introduce students to current debates in the history of art and architecture, emphasizing the ever-changing dynamic of the art world.

  • MindTap & Cengage Mobile: Reimagined for the 21st century, the most widely read and respected art history text is available in MindTap, the customizable and mobile-optimized multimedia teaching and learning platform.

  • Visual Scaling: To help readers appreciate size and scale as a component in describing artwork, a scale is positioned next to images of paintings, statues, and other works, as well as architectural plans.

  • Full-Color Reconstructions: Exquisitely rendered by John Burge, these three-dimensional views of important architectural sites help readers imagine these sites as they once existed.

  • Big Picture Features: "The Big Picture" full-page synopsis concludes every chapter, reinforcing key topics and representative artworks from each historical period.

  • Mobile-Optimized Flashcards: Students can review key concepts and works of art on the go with the MindTap Mobile App.

  • MindTap Success: Take art history to new and interactive heights with over 1,600 high-resolution images, 300 video clips, exercises and quizzes, self-study tools, a glossary and audio pronunciation guide, Google Earth coordinates, and other resources.

  • Architecture videos in MindTap: Students experience "being really there" by taking a virtual tour of significant monuments and sites while learning more about interior and exterior features and details.

  • Expert Storytelling: Award-winning scholar Fred Kleiner blends art history with rich stories and clear organization, making the 16th edition easier for students to understand than other texts.

  • Additional Art: Always the dependable, go-to resource, this edition features more works of art and architecture than any competing title.

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