Art History 5th edition continues to balance formal analysis with contextual art history in order to engage a diverse student audience. Authors Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren- both scholars as well as teachers- share a common vision that survey courses should be filled with as much enjoyment as learning, and that they should foster an enthusiastic, as well as an educated, public for the visual arts. This revision is the strongest and most comprehensive learning program for measuring student progress and improving student success in attaining the outcomes and goals of the art history survey course. Not only does the text address four overarching goals of the survey course, the new MyArtsLab further develops and reinforces these outcomes and skills with market-leading learning tools such as personalized study plans for each student and multimedia assets geared towards addressing different learning styles and abilities, such as chapter audio, student videos, Closer Looks, architectural panoramas and much more. A better teaching and learning experience This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience—for you and your students. It helps students prepare for class and instructors gauge individual and class performance.

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I probably could have made some money by selling these back to the school, but I love them so much. From the start its clear how this is what both the two volume and the abridged single volume editions are meant for. Keeping that in mind, Id say its not a bad textbook. As far as I can tell, all central concepts and production techniques from ancient to modern are being introduced and a few basics of art critique can be found hidden in between the pages as well.

Considering the purpose, the choice Art History by Stokstad et al. Considering the purpose, the choice of presentation is unsurprising and familiar. Just like modern art history textbooks after Vasari tend to do, the subject matter is divided into time periods. So, the first volume starts with prehistoric art, and the second volume ends with contemporary art. Mutatis mutandis for the abridged single volume edition.

All major influences to Western art are handled with in lesser or greater depth. In this case anything related to the history of Western art gets a slightly deeper handling than the rest. The choices made clearly reflect current art history curricula in many universities, so this is less a fault and more a feature.

The quality of pictures is good, at least in the edition I have, and the pictures used in the text are referenced clearly, even when they land on the same page with the text. There are a few additional points worth making, though. To being with, a bias towards Western art is obvious, clear and non-apologetic, and Renaissance is taken as one very important big thing. However, is the bias towards Western art even a problem?

Several reviewers seem to think so. A textbook should fit a fairly wide selection of basic art history courses, and as such it obviously should to concentrate on the movements and time periods mostly discussed during those courses. Change the courses and the textbooks produced will follow.

There is also an obvious explanation for the lack of wider and deeper handling of non-Western, e. African Art or whatever your favourite non-western art might be , somewhat resented in several reviews. A textbook is not a place for introducing novel research topics or actual original research.

The contents of Stokstad et al. But once the academics have done their part, the research will end up in textbooks just like the existing research results have ended up in the current volume s. Also, I could disagree easily with some selections done for the works presented.

As a matter of fact I do. Disagreeing with maybe a few dozen out of hundreds of picks is not that bad. Either I am a Stokstad et al. In summary, there is nothing badly wrong. The general readership might find books more suitable for their taste and needs, though, as this is clearly a textbook and should be used, and assessed, as such. Obviously no treatment of art history is perfect, and any assessment of a textbook is a personal opinion to a certain degree.

That said, I believe that Stokstad et al.


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