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Art History Portable, Book 2: Medieval Art (Art History Portable Edition) Paperback – 29 Jun 2010

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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 Emerita 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


Michael W. Cothren is Scheuer Family Professor of Humanities at Swarthmore College, where he has also served as Art Department Chair, Coordinator of Medieval Studies, and Divisional Chair of the Humanities.  Since arriving at Swarthmore in 1978, he has taught specialized courses on Medieval, Roman, and Islamic art and architecture, as well as seminars on visual narrative and on theory and method, but he particularly enjoys teaching the survey to Swarthmore beginners.  His research and publications focus on French Gothic art and architecture, most recently in a book on the stained glass of Beauvais Cathedral entitled Picturing the Celestial City.  Michael is a consultative curator at the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. He has served on the board of the International Center of Medieval Art and as President both of the American Committee of the International Corpus Vitrearum and of his local school board. When not teaching, writing, or pursuing art historical research, you can finding him hiking in the red rocks around Sedona, Arizona.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 29 Sept. 2012
By Creatyvebooks - Published on
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First off I would like to say that this book is huge and heavy. A total back breaker. With that said the content of the book is well written and the artwork depicted is splendid. I had to get this for a class I'm taking and thought I would sell it back at the end of the school year but changed my mind. I can't get pass the beauty of this product. As well as the detailed history that Marilyn Stokstad provides. It's thorough and to the point without being dry. Which makes learning about the history of Art more fun in my eyes. I believe anybody will enjoy having this book whether or not you are taking a college course or not. It's a definite conversation piece. Not something to be plowed through (especially topping at a 1000 pages)but something you can go back to time and time again to explore the different cultural aspects of art. Yes it's a hefty price tag but well worth the cost. Can't say that about the many textbooks I had to purchase over the year. This one is a keeper.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what is says it is. Art History 30 Nov. 2012
By Peter Petkanic - Published on
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I purchased this book as a reference for my Art History course in school. The requirement was only the first volume but since I like art i decided to go with the full version and it is a keeper. I usually sell back all of my textbooks, but this one is staying with my for good. I purchased the kindle edition and reading it on the iPad with retina display, and let me tell you that those paintings and all the illustrations look better than on the real paper. Another advantage is you can zoom into paintings and artwork and see closeups that you wouldn't be able to see in the book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most of the reviews are for a different edition 3 Jan. 2012
By LD - Published on
Format: Paperback
You will notice that some reviews are really comments about the re-seller's book condition and a lot are repeats from the 2 volume set which has 1240 pages while this volume only has 605.

This volume covers from pre-historic discoveries to the early 1300s. I noticed a review referred to lots of female artists-that is missing in this volume. Others referred to periods after 1350 which are not in this volume either. I liked the good photography, diagrams of architectural styles and their components, and the photographs of models (such as Rome in 324 CE).

The book covers a nice cross section of art from different continents and it provides a good overall summary of art and architecture. What it does not do is explain the reasons for changes in art subjects or architecture. So the reader does not end up with either an in depth understanding of the flow of innovation nor the details of why items ended up looking the way they do. For instance, the madrases and tombs of Samarkand and vicinity have deep blue and turquoise ceramic tiles. For what reason? During this time period in Europe, these colors were more precious than gold.

The book provides a means to determine where your interests are so that you can pursue subjects/books that have a more in depth coverage. Some reviewers have mistakenly assumed that the book is the definitive encyclopedia when there is much more to learn about, such as jewelry, ceramics, glass, and tapestry.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 27 May 2013
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I used this for my Ancient Art class and found it very useful. The format of the text was easy to get through and the diction was not difficult at all. There were lots of great vocabulary words which are all defined within the back of the text. I would definitely recommend this to any college artist.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great deal 23 Jun. 2013
By Tomaz - Published on
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The great product for a great price. Book on the history of art that should be on everyone`s bookshelf, highly recommended.
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