The most widely read and respected history of art and architecture in the English language for over 85 years just got easier to carry. GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: BACKPACK EDITION, BOOK A: ANTIQUITY, 15e is part of a six-book set that provides you with a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions. Easy to read and understand, the text provides a rich cultural backdrop for each of the covered periods and geographical locations and incorporates new artists and art forms--all reproduced according to the highest standards of clarity and color fidelity. The Fifteenth Edition includes new images, new boxed features, updated maps, new architectural videos, Google Earth coordinates for every artwork and site in the text, architectural reconstructions beautifully rendered by John Burge, and MindTap's personal learning experience.
Fred S. Kleiner
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This book and the rest of the Gardner's Art Through the Ages: Backpack Edition books allow newcomers to art history to gain a basic understanding of the subject. It introduces basic art movements, periods, and styles and presents numerous examples. The books are rich in color and present the basic information about art pieces.
That being said, the books often focus on art styles and periods that appeal to the author(s). There is quite a bit of bias within the descriptions of the pieces and styles; the writers often declare certain pieces the "best" of their era without explaining why art historians appreciate the pieces so much. There is also a large emphasis placed on Christian art. While this is acceptable in the eras that focus on Christianity, the books often compare the art of the non-Christian cultures, like the Ancient Egyptians and the Greeks, to the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. While it did point out the origin of some of the art traditions and...
This is the first book (Book A) in a four part series. It is complete with excellent textual information and vibrant color pictures. I needed it for school, and it was far cheaper on Amazon compared to my school's bookstore. It shipped quickly, which was great since, again, I needed it for school. I love the fact that it was a backpack edition, since the full book is about 800 pages. This one was only around 200, so it was very easy to carry around school. If you need the full set, go with the Backpack editions.
The book has met all of my expectations. I am greatly satisfied with my order
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