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ISBN-10 0205748333ISBN-13 9780205748334
ISBN-10 0-13-605909-0ISBN-13 978-0-13-605909-7
Author(s): Marilyn Stokstad; Michael W. Cothren
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2010 Pages: 656

For courses in Art History, World Art, Art Appreciation.

Marilyn Stokstad offers students the most student-friendly, contextual, and inclusive art history survey. The most popular choice for the one-semester survey market, Art: A Brief History is a condensation of her best-seller, Art History. 

This new edition of Art: A Brief History is the result of a happy and productive collaboration between two scholar-teachers who share a common vision that first courses in the history of art should be filled with as much enjoyment as erudition, that they should foster an enthusiastic, as well as an educated, public for the visual arts. With this end firmly in mind they help students enjoy learning the essentials of a vast and complex field of study.  Like its predecessors, this new edition seeks to balance formal and iconographic analysis with contextual art history in order to craft interpretations that will engage with a diverse student population. Throughout the text, the visual arts are treated as part of a larger world, in which geography, politics, religion, economics, philosophy, social life, and the other fine arts were related components of a vibrant cultural landscape.