History of Art

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Abrams, 1999 - Art - 1000 pages
Now the definitive survey of Western art is available in a deluxe, one-volume slipcased edition -- an appropriately elegant presentation for a matchless classic.

This new History of Art is bound in rich cloth and stamped in gold foil, and placed in a slipcase bearing Botticelli's Primavera, a favorite painting of artlovers everywhere. Inside, the Fifth Edition Revised includes such useful features as parallel discussions of cultural developments and art movements from ancient Greek times through our own era, and a gazetteer of art museums and architectural sites.

Of course, the book's sumptuous five-color reproductions and rich black-and-whites far surpass in number and quality those found in any other survey. History of Art is truly without peer.

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User Review  - renardkitsune - LibraryThing

I read the whole thing, cover to cover. It took a long time because I really could only read it in small increments, as it is rather dry. I do not think that is any fault of the author, however ... Read full review

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User Review  - sandra.k.heinzman - LibraryThing

I read this book in college when I took an Art History class - probably the best class I ever took. We read the entire book and I saw many of the paintings when I went to Europe after graduation, and ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Horst Waldemar Janson was born on October 4, 1913 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied at the University of Munich and the University of Hamburg. He came to the U.S. and finished his Ph. D at Harvard University in 1942. He is a scholar of art history known for his book History of Art which was published in 1962. He taught at Worcester Art Museum and the University of Iowa. He authored two award winning books Apes and the Ape Lore in the Middle Ages and The Renaissance and Sculpture of Donatello. He died on September 30, 1982.

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