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Rewritten and reorganized, this#xA0;new edition weaves together the most recent scholarship, the most current thinking in art history, and the most innovative online supplements, including digital art library. Experience the new Janson and re-experience the history of art. #xA0; Long established as the classic and seminal introduction to art of the Western world, the#xA0;Eighth Edition of Janson's History of Artis groundbreaking. When Harry Abrams first published the History of Artin 1962, John F. Kennedy occupied the White House, and Andy Warhol was an emerging artist.#xA0; Janson offered his readers a strong focus on Western art, an important consideration of technique and style, and a clear point of view. The History of Art, said Janson, was not just a stringing together of historically significant objects, but the writing of a story about their interconnections, a history of styles and of stylistic change. Janson#x19;s text focused on the visual and technical characteristics of the objects he discussed, often in extraordinarily eloquent language. Janson#x19;s History of Arthelped to establish the canon of art history for many generations of scholars. #xA0; The new#xA0;Eighth Edition, although revised to remain current with new discoveries and scholarship, continues to follow Janson#x19;s lead in important ways: It is limited to the Western tradition, with a chapter on Islamic art and its relationship to Western art. It keeps the focus of the discussion on the object, its manufacture, and its visual character. It considers the contribution of the artist as an important part of the analysis. This edition maintains an organization along the lines established by Janson, with separate chapters on the Northern European Renaissance, the Italian Renaissance, the High Renaissance, and Baroque art, with stylistic divisions for key periods of the modern era. Also embedded in this edition is the narrative of how art has changed over time in the cultures that Europe has claimed as its patrimony.
Penelope J. E. Davies is Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. She is a scholar of Greek and Roman art and architecture as well as a field archaeologist. She is author of Death and the Emperor: Roman Imperial Funerary Monuments from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, winner of the Vasari Award.
Walter B. Denny is a Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to exhibition catalogues, his publications include books on Ottoman Turkish carpets, textiles, and ceramics, and articles on miniature painting, architecture and architectural decoration.
Frima Fox Hofrichter is Professor and former Chair of the History of Art and Design department at Pratt Institute. She is author of Judith Leyster, A Dutch Artist in Holland’s Golden Age, which received CAA’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund Award.
Joseph Jacobs is an independent scholar, critic, and art historian of modern art in New York City. He was the curator of modern art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, director of the Oklahoma City Art Museum, and curator of American art at The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.
David L. Simon is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he received the Basset Teaching Award in 2005. Among his publications is the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters.
Ann M. Roberts, Professor of Art at Lake Forest College has published essays, articles and reviews on both Northern and Italian Renaissance topics. Her research focuses on women in the Renaissance, and her most recent publication is entitled Dominican Women and Renaissance Art:The Convent of San Domenico of Pisa.
H. W. Janson was a legendary name in art history. During his long career as a teacher and scholar, he helped define the discipline through his impressive books and other publications.
Anthony F. Janson forged a distinguished career as a professor, scholar, museum professional and writer. From the time of his father’s death in 1982 until 2004, he authored History of Art.
Table of Contents
Faculty and Student Resources for Teaching and Learning with Janson’s History of Art xix
PART FOUR: THE MODERN WORLD
Chapter 23: Art in the Age of the Enlightenment, 1750—1789
ROME TOWARD 1760: THE FONT OF NEOCLASSICISM 787
Artistic Foundations of Neoclassicism: Mengs and Hamilton 788
ROMANTICISM IN ROME: PIRANESI 789
NEOCLASSICISM IN BRITAIN 790
Sculpture and Painting: Historicism, Morality, and Antiquity 791
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES: Josiah Wedgwood and Neoclassical Jasperware 792
The Birth of Contemporary History Painting 793
Grand Manner Portraiture in the Neoclassical Style: Joshua Reynolds 795
THE ART HISTORIAN’S LENS: The Elusive Meaning of West’s The Death of General Wolfe 795
Architecture and Interiors: The Palladian Revival 796
EARLY ROMANTICISM IN BRITAIN 798
Architecture and Landscape Design: The Sublime and the Picturesque 799
Early Romantic Painting in Britain 801
Romanticism in Grand Manner Portraiture: Thomas Gainsborough 805
NEOCLASSICISM IN FRANCE 806
Architecture: Rational Classicism 806
The Sublime in Neoclassical Architecture: The Austere and the Visionary 808
Painting and Sculpture: Expressing Enlightenment Values 810
PRIMARY SOURCES: Denis Diderot (1713—1784) 812
The Climax of Neoclassicism: The Paintings of Jacques-Louis David 813