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Art History. Michelle Manning, LIBR150, Spring 2009, Week 4. Bibliographic Information. Stokstad, Marilyn, et al. Art History. New York. H.N. Abrams. 1995. Call No. - 709 20 Dewey Class No. – 709 Library of Congress No. - N5300. S923 1995 ISBN: 0810919605 (Abrams: hardcover).

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art history

Art History

Michelle Manning, LIBR150,

Spring 2009, Week 4

bibliographic information
Bibliographic Information
  • Stokstad, Marilyn, et al. Art History. New York. H.N. Abrams. 1995.
  • Call No. - 709 20
  • Dewey Class No. – 709
  • Library of Congress No. - N5300. S923 1995
  • ISBN: 0810919605 (Abrams: hardcover)
contents include
Contents Include
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Starter Kit
  • Use Notes
  • 29 Chapters
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Credits

Cope, from the Treasury of The Golden Fleece.

Flemish, mid 15th century. Cloth with gold and

colored silk embroidery

Shoulder bag, from Kansas, Delaware,

c. 1860. Wool fabric, cotton fabric and

Thread, silk ribbon and glass beads

La Foire Chinoise (The Chinese Fair). 1743-75.

Tapestry of wool and silk

Bishop Odo Blessing the Feast, section 47-48 of the Bayeux

Tapestry, c. 1066-82. Linen with wool

Banner of Las Navas de Tolosa. First half of the 13th

century. Silk tapestry-weave with gilt parchment

  • 29 Chapters arranged in a timeline fashion. Starting with…
    • Prehistory and Prehistoric Art in Europe, BCE 40,000 – 1000
  • And ending with…
    • Art in the United States and Europe since World War II, AD 1940 – 2000
  • Each Chapter is beautifully introduced on a two page color layout of a work of art from the period about to be discussed. An illustrated timeline borders the top, and a map of the area is provided on the right side of the chapter page.
more arrangement indexing
More Arrangement & Indexing
  • The Glossary is arranged alphabetically.
  • The Bibliography contains three classifications of listings; General Surveys, Art History Reference Tools, and Books for individual Chapters 1 – 29. Sources of quotations cited in short form in the text can also be found in this bibliography.
  • The Index is also arranged alphabetically, with illustration references in Italic type and definitions of glossary references in Boldface type. The index includes listings by artist, period, topic, and particular works of art.
scope and currency
Scope and Currency
  • The scope of this work is as broad as is the expanse of human history. Art History opens up the windows on the world of art.
  • Spanning all the ancient cultures, chapters are devoted to the art of the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Etruscan and Roman art, Christian, Jewish and Byzantine art, Islamic art, the art of India, China, Japan, the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.
scope and currency10
Scope and Currency…
  • Art History tells the many-sided story of art as one of the oldest, most revelatory, and most intriguing of human activities.
  • The world’s finest paintings, sculpture, and works of architecture are covered here, as are drawings, photographs, works in metal, ceramics, and textiles.
  • This book tackles the issues of art, philosophical considerations focus on artists in general and in particular, society's relationship to art, including the role of the patron, and the importance of museums.
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Scope and Currency…
  • The 1,625 stunning illustrations (761 in full color) are unrivaled in their selection and quality by any book of this type.
  • Art History features 29 integrated Maps and Timeline Charts that visually reinforce the relationship of artworks and cultures in space and time.
metal work
Metal Work

Funerary mask of Tutankhamen as

it looked when discovered and then

cleaned. Gold inlaid with glass and

semiprecious stones 1336 -1327 BCE

Bronze with bone and glass eyes,

Young Warrior, found in the sea

Off Riace, Italy. C. 460-450 BCE

Gold Pendant, from Chryssolakkos,

Near Malia, Crete. C. 1700-1550 BCE

Bronze Shiva Nataraja, from Tiruvalangadu,

Tamil Nadu, India. Chola dynasty, Early

Medieval Period, c. 1000 ce

Bronze Incense burner from the tomb

of Prince Liu Sheng, Mancheng, Hebei.

Han dynasty, 113 BCE

Gold Pectoral, from the tomb of Scythian at Ordzhonikidze, Russia, 4th century BCE

intended purpose
Intended Purpose
  • Written as a classroom tool, this college text is suited for an introductory course in art history.
  • Presenting a broad view of art through the centuries, it introduces beginning students to the works of all artists in all media in a positive and sympathetic manner.
  • Stokstad's Art History gives students rich cultural and social contexts for art, along with eloquent explanations of art's formal qualities and particular terminology.
additional purposes
Additional Purposes
  • Created for today’s reader, Art History is a dynamic and endlessly rewarding one-book source of information and pleasure for anyone interested in art.
  • Art historians would find this book useful when writing about an artists' life. Information on the social history of the time would help writers understand the economic and political forces shaping the artists, their patrons, and their public.
  • “Destined to establish itself as a modern classic, this hugely informative, wholly enjoyable global history of art from prehistoric times to the present, views art as a fundamental, inextricable vehicle for the human spirit.” From Publishers Weekly

Hagesandros, Polydoros, and Athanadoros of Rhodes.

Laocoon and His Sons, 1st century ce. Marble

David Smith. Cubi XIX. 1964.

Stainless Steel

Gianlorenzo Bernini. Saint Teresa of

Avila in Ecstasy. 1645-52. Marble

Mask representing an Iyoba,

From Benin, c. 1550 ce. Ivory,

iron and copper

Womenfrom Brassempouy,

France. C. 22,000 BCE. Ivory

Michelangelo. Moses, tomb of Julius II.

c. 1513-15. Marble

Nanni di Banco. Four Crowned

Martyrs. C. 1410-13. Marble

  • The first edition is in Book format, (Print, Microform, and Electronic)
  • There are three Editions, also a teacher version, a student version, revised and supplemental editions.
  • The formats include hardcover, soft cover, and CD-ROM.
  • 11.8 x 9 x 2.5 inches, 8 pounds, 1,167 pgs.
  • 1 v. (various paging's) : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 30 cm.

Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night.

1889. Oil on canvas

Judgment before Osiris, Dynasty 19,

c. 1285 BCE. Painted papyrus

Interior, Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome.

Michelangelo’s famous ceiling frescoes,

And Last Judgment. 1475-81

John Sloan. Backyards, Greenwich

Village. 1914. Oil on canvas

Robert Henri. Laughing Child.

1907. Oil on canvas

Rachel Ruysch. Flower Still Life.

After 1700. Oil on Canvas

special features
Special Features
  • The Introduction begins with a question, “What is Art?”, and It’s broken into eight brief paragraphs to try and explain it.
  • While the text carries the central narrative of Art History, Set-off Boxes present interesting and instructive material that enriches the text.
  • Maps and timelines visually place artworks in time and space, and Time Scales on each page let readers know where they are within the period each chapter covers.
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Special Features…
  • The Starter Kit is a basic primer of concepts and working assumptions used in the study of art history. It serves as a quick reference guide for this entire book and for observing art in general.
  • Special essays called The Object Speaks offer tantalizing insights on topics such as authenticity, patronage, and artistic intention.
  • A Parallels feature in every chapter presents comparative information in tabular form that puts the major events and artworks in a global context

Masaccio. Trinity with the Virgin, Saint John

The Evangelist, and Donors. C. 1425 (?) Fresco

A view of the world, detail from

Codex Fejervary-Mayer. Aztec or

Mixtec, c. 1400-1521. Paint on

Animal Skin

Hall of Bulls, Lascaux caves. c. 15,000 –

13,000 BCE Paint on Limestone

Gustave Klimt. The Kiss. 1907-8.

Oil on canvas

Leonardo. Mona Lisa.

C.1503-6. Oil on canvas

Caravaggio. Calling of Matthew.

c. 1599-1602. Oil on canvas

Jackson Pollock. Autumn Rhythm (number 30). 1950. Oil on canvas

  • Booklist(April 15, 1996; 0-8109-1960-5; 978-0-8109-1960-0)Stokstad's landmark publication will join the ranks of long-cherished standards in the field by Janson and Hartt even though it radically alters our approach to the history of art. Scholar and professor Stokstad is a humanistic art historian, training her penetrating eye not only on works of art but also on artists, patrons, audiences, and places of display. She is inclusive and contextual, drawing parallels between the art of Africa, India, Europe, Asia, and the Americas, finding common ground, and celebrating uniqueness. Stokstad eschews "schools" and writes, instead, of styles, their iconography, and how and why they change. Her lucid and stimulating analysis is contemporary without being trendy and takes into account both physical and spiritual beauty, culture at large and individual geniuses, and all the political, religious, and technological factors that affect the creation and appreciation of art. A spectacular design, great wealth of color illustrations, and Stokstad's sense of the grand continuity of art through time and across oceans make this an exceptional, thoroughly enjoyable survey. --Donna Seaman
  • Marilyn Stokstad, teacher, art historian, and museum curator, has been a leader in her field for decades and has served as president of the College Art Association and the International Center of Medieval Art.
  • In 2002, she was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the National Women's Caucus for Art. In 1997 she was awarded the Governor's Arts Award as Kansas Art Educator of the Year and an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters by Carleton College. She is Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor Emeriti at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.
  • She has also served in various leadership capacities at the University's Spencer Museum of Art and is Consultative Curator of Medieval Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still.

1978. Black and white photograph

Robert Mapplethorpe. Ajittp (Back).

1981. Gelatin silver print

Dorothea Lange.

Migrant Mother. 1936.

Gelatin Silver print

Barbara Kruger. We wont play

Nature to your Culture. 1983.


Robert Frank. Trolley, New Orleans. 1955-56. Gelatin-silver print

personal impression
Personal Impression
  • This book is simply wonderful. It is physically ponderous, weighing in at 8 pounds, however, its content easily compensates for its bulk.
  • All historical periods of art history are chronicled, with beautiful illustrations well-produced and nearly all in color.
  • The text is incisive, easy to follow, and never boring. I would recommend this book to any and all art lovers, whether beginners, advanced students, and those who just desire a comprehensive reference for library or home use.
  • I personally consider this publication a better choice than Janson’s, History of Art, it’s more user-friendly and in my opinion the content is more inclusive, especially regarding non-Western art.

Bunsei. Landscape. Muromachi

Period, mid -15th century. Hanging

Scroll, ink and light colors on paper

Page with Pentecost, Cluny Lectionary.

Early 12th century. Ink and tempera on


Jean Pucelle, Pages with Betrayal and Arrest of Christ, and

Annunciation. c. 1325-28. Grisaille and color on vellum

Page with Matthew the Evangelist.

c. 816-40. Ink and colors on vellum

Rosalba Carriera. Jean-Antoine

Watteau. 1721. Pastel on paper

reference examples
Reference Examples
  • When was the Byzantine Empire in power?
    • In 330, of the 6th century, Constantine, the Emperor of Rome, moved the capital to Byzantium, renamed Constantinople. The early Byzantine Empire, an off shoot of the Roman Empire, came into power in 527, the later Byzantine Empire lasted until 1453, when Constantinople became an Islamic capital under the Ottoman Turks.
  • What is Realism?
    • The representation in art of things and experiences as they appear to be in actual, visible reality.
  • What is Prairie Style?
    • A style of architecture originally describing the work of Frank Lloyd Wright done during the first decade of the 20th century. Characterized by large flat roofs with broad overhanging eaves and open-planned spatial arrangements.
engravings carvings and woodcuts
Engravings, Carvings, and Woodcuts

Sarcophagus lid, in the tomb of Lord Pacal.

Maya culture, c. 683 ce. Limestone

Anna Maria Sibylla Merian.

Plate 9 from Dissertation in Insect

Generations and Metamorphosis

In Surinam. 1719. Hand colored


Hans Baldung Grien. Stupefied Groom.

1544. Woodcut image

Otto I Presenting Magdeburg

Cathedral to Christ. C. 962-973

Ivory plague

Martin Schongauer. Temptation of Saint

Anthony. c. 1480-90. Engraving

Post, from the Oseburg burial ship.

c. 825. Wood

complimentary sources
Complimentary Sources
  • This title is a stand alone source that competes directly with the following books but also compliments them.
    • Gardner's, Art Through the Ages (10th ed., 1996),
    • Janson's, History of Art (5th ed., 1995),
    • Hartt's, Art: A History (4th ed. 1993), and
    • Honour and Fleming's, The Visual Arts: A History (4th ed., 1995)
ceramics pottery
Ceramics & Pottery

Robert Arneson. Portrait of George

Moscone. 1981. Glazed ceramic

Miyashita Zenji, Morino Hiroaki, Tsujimura

Shiro, Ito Sekisui. Four ceramic vessels.

Modern period, after 1970

Josiah Wedgwood. Vase. England. 1786

White jasper body with mid-blue dip

and white relief

Pan Painter. Artemis Slaying Actaeon.

Greece c. 470 BCE. Ceramic

Bowl with Kufic border.

Uzbekistan. 9th-10th century

Earthenware with slip, pigment

And glaze

Maria Montoya Martinez and Julian Martinez.

Blackware storage jar. Hopi. c. 1942. Ceramic