History of Art by H.W. Janson

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History of Art Read Online Free - Horst Woldemar Janson (October 4, 1913 – September 30, 1982), who published as H.W. Janson, was an American scholar of art history best known for his History of Art, which was first published in 1962 and has sold more than two million copies in fifteen languages.

Title : History of Art
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ISBN : 0500237514
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 1000 pages


Books Ring Mah Bell rated it ★★★★☆

August 01, 2009

I had an earlier edition of this book for a required humanities class in college : art appreciation. And you know what? I learned to appreciate art. Not LIKE everything, but understand it a bit more. I also gained some killer arm muscles lugging this beast to and from class. Once, I almost used i...

Michael rated it ★★★★☆

November 25, 2016

I actually have the massive 8x11" size version of this book which an aunt gave to me decades ago. It is both highly readable (as much so as Gombrich) and full of gorgeous illustrations. It is not too academic so perfect for the layman and worth far more than merely a coffee table ornament. It is...

Ted rated it ★★★☆☆

July 20, 2015

I've not really read this book, I use it as a reference. I've not been disappointed for that use, though any book, even one this large, can't contain an inclusive history of a subject as large as "art". I may modify the three stars at some point if I find that it's deficient in a few things I'm lo...

Dave rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2011

I can't believe I read the whole thing--haha! It was for AP Art History class in high school--I loved it. Our teacher was fantastic and over 1 year, we went through this whole book, adding notes in the margins on almost every piece of art in the book. It's a huge book that probably gave us all sp...

Amber rated it ★★★★☆

August 04, 2009

H.W. Janson was my boyfriend my senior year of high school I carried around this big maroon book and decided that after 2.5 years of wanting to be an English major I would study Art History for the next chunk of my education. I know there have been problems with Janson's a) focus on Western art a...

Deetimes rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2016

Art evolves as man.... I loved this massive book in college! It was like the bible to anything and everything Art! I was always impressed with how H.W Janson was able to break down each era and make Art come to life on paper. So if you need to learn about the essentials to the history of Art, thi...

Carl rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2012

This book was on the top shelf in the family library (perhaps the original 1962 edition). I would pull it out only when the house was empty because I found the art therein so "tantalizing." I've never been far from the arts since.

Cindy rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2010

From the dawn of time, artists have been the visual record keepers. My favorite era's are the neoclassic and romantic, the artist's were finally picking up the chisel and paintbrush to depict the everyday and current events of the time, not just being commissioned by rich families and royals to p...

Ed rated it ★★★☆☆

September 30, 2011

Copiously illustrated, this provides a useful schema from which to learn about different periods of art, and a lot of information you can use for reference. The edition that I read was pre-political correctness so that means a history of dead white guy artists. It would be better titled a History...

Kristen rated it ★★★★★

May 14, 2008

I am so sad they don't have the cover art for this book...it is one of my favorites by Boucicaut Master (ca 1415). The picture is of Adam & Eve and it tells the garden story from beginning to expulsion, to the point where they bring their story to the Master--ensuring HIS place in history. Bo...

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