Art Through the Ages: Ancient and Mediaeval Art v. 1

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Since publication of the first edition in 1926, Helen Gardner's Art Through the Ages has been a favorite with generations of students and general readers, who have found it an exciting and informative survey. Miss Gardner's enthusiasm, knowledge, and humanity have made it possible for the beginner to learn how to see and thereby to penetrate the seeming mysteries of even the most complex artistic achievements. Every effort has been made in this volume to preserve her freshness and simplicity of style and, above all, her sympathetic approach to individual works of art and to the styles of which they are a part. Miss Gardner completed the third edition shortly before her death in 1946. The fourth was prepared in 1959 by Professor Sumner Crosby and his colleagues at Yale University, and our fifth edition was published in 1970. The popularity of that edition and suggestions for further improvement led us to prepare this sixth edition. In addition to a revised but undiminished treatment of Western art this edition offers surveys of the arts of Islam, Asia, pre-Columbian America, the North American Indian, Africa, and Oceania. The chapter on the art of the twentieth century has been enlarged to accommodate revisions necessitated by the rapid development and changing interpretations of its subject, and the general introduction to the book now includes a discussion of the formal aspects of art, dealing with fundamental concepts in some detail.

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