Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History

  • AUTHOR: Fred S. Kleiner
  • ISBN-13: 9780840030788 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 1216 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 14th Edition
  • ©2013     Published
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About The Product

The 14TH EDITION of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: The most widely-read history of art and architecture in the English language for over 85 years, this beautifully-illustrated book includes new features that make it easier than ever for your students to master the material. Author and award-winning scholar-teacher Fred Kleiner has set a new standard for art history textbooks, continuing GARDNER'S tradition of impeccable reliability and scholarship. The 14th Edition includes a new chapter dedicated to contemporary art worldwide, coverage of over 300 new images, new pedagogical features, images that have been upgraded for clarity and color-fidelity, and more. A comprehensive, integrated set of digital resources brings course content to life, providing students with the tools they need to excel in your class, regardless of their individual learning styles. GARDNER's has built its stellar reputation on the inclusion of the most significant images and monuments, discussions of these images in their full historical and cultural contexts, reproductions of unsurpassed quality, scholarship that is up-to-date and deep, the consistent voice of a single storyteller, and more online help for students and instructors than any other art survey text. Over 100 reviewers -- generalists and specialists -- contributed to the accuracy and readability of this edition. CourseMate, the online learning environment that can be used on its own or as an LMS-specific course cartridge, provides an interactive experience for exploration, study, and development of critical thinking skills. It includes an interactive eBook, all images included within the text, nearly 300 videos, audio resources, image flashcards, a printable Slide Guide suitable for note-taking, and much more. Dynamic lecture tools will save instructors time in preparing for class -- a Digital Image Library with full zoom capabilities, side-by-side comparison tools, and Google Earth integration.


  • Single Author, Single Voice. Fred Kleiner, a noted scholar, journal editor, and award-winning teacher, is the sole author of GARDNER. He revised GARDNER specifically to engage introductory students. He ensures a coherence and clarity of presentation that no other text can match, making the 14th Edition easier for students to read and understand than other texts.
  • Thoroughly reviewed by over 100 experts and teachers of Art History, to ensure that GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES is the resource you can count on for accuracy.
  • Includes the images that you want to teach. Most of the new images and chapter features in the 14th Edition were added in direct response to surveys conducted with hundreds of professors over the past two years.
  • Hundreds of new full-color images. In order to meet our goal of providing you and your students with the highest-quality book possible, this new edition includes hundreds of new full-color images, including sharper images and better views of works that appear in previous editions.
  • Rich set of integrated online learning tools. CourseMate brings concepts to life with an interactive eBook, links to nearly 1500 images, many with full page descriptions written by author Fred Kleiner, the Video Study Tools, and a Glossary, complete with an audio pronunciation guide, Maps in the eBook link to interactive Google maps, with coordinate links for key monuments and buildings. Multiple Choice quizzes link directly to the interactive eBook, bringing students to the exact point in the text where they missed the correct answer. Additional tools include Essay Questions, Interactive Timelines, Image Flashcards (students can review the images in either study or quiz mode), Compare and Contrast Exercises, downloadable Audio Chapter Summaries, Architectural Basics, Student Guide to Studying, Google Art Project adventures paired with exercises on learning how to write about art, and more!
  • Expanded PowerLecture on Flashdrive with Digital Image Library, for instructors, includes the entire Digital Image Library including approximately 1500 high resolution images, as well as updated PowerPoint Lectures, Instructor Manual and Testbank to complement the new material.
  • Unique Scale feature, not available in any other art history textbook. Scales are placed next to images in the text to help students better visualize the size of each work. These innovative scales help students to better grasp the importance of scale which, like composition, color, line, and other terms used in describing an artwork,is critical in helping students see the artist's purpose. All photographs of paintings, statues, and other artwork (with the exception of architecture and a few other items) shown in this edition are accompanied by these scales.
  • Beautiful full-color reconstructions. Exquisitely rendered by John Burge, these reconstructions give students three-dimensional views of important architectural sites, helping them visualize what it might have felt like to walk through these sites when they existed!
  • The Big Picture, a great full-page resource for review and retention, concludes each chapter. This visual summary includes bullet-point summaries of the most important characteristics of each period discussed in the chapter, accompanied by small illustrations of characteristic works of the periods. As students review the summary points, they'll reinforce their understanding visually with the associated ¿thumbnail¿ images of representative art work.
  • Nearly 250 total video clips -- 80% of them new for this edition -- focus on specific works of art. Approximately 20% of the videos are accompanied by in-depth descriptions of each work, including details within the work, comparisons with other works, mediums, and related trends in art history. Each one of these video clips is captioned and accompanied by assignable discussion questions (answers can be emailed to the instructor), multiple-choice quizzes, discovery web links and downloadable transcript and media files. The remaining video clips – nearly 200 of them -- focus on specific artworks and architectural sites within their contexts, as if you are "there". Each video pans-in on details of interest and shows both interior and exterior shots, where applicable.

About the Contributor

  • Fred S. Kleiner

    Fred S. Kleiner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the author or co-author of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th editions of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY, as well as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE HISTORY, and more than 100 publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture, including A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, also published by Cengage. He has taught the art history survey course for more than three decades, first at the University of Virginia and, since 1978, at Boston University, where he is currently professor of art history and archaeology. From 1985 to 1998, he was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Long acclaimed for his inspiring lectures and dedication to students, Professor Kleiner won Boston University's Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the College Prize for Undergraduate Advising in the Humanities in 2002, and he is a two-time winner of the Distinguished Teaching Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. In 2007, he was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and, in 2009, in recognition of lifetime achievement in publication and teaching, fellow of the Text and Academic Authors Association.

New to this Edition

  • NEW openings for each chapter, entitled "Framing the Era", cover each highlighted artwork in depth, calling out details, describing techniques, and discussing each work against a richly-detailed social and cultural backdrop.
  • NEW Large Thumbnails images, which were introduced in the 13th Enhanced edition are now integrated into the discussion. These additional images, which are available in the Digital Image Library for classroom use and in CourseMate for student use, provide you with more options for classroom discussions.
  • NEW timeline early in the chapter presents works within a historical framework.
  • NEW chapter 31 covers 1980 to the present and includes an expanded number of late 20th/early 21st century artworks. This chapter provides stronger coverage of contemporary art worldwide, incorporating the recommendations of many content specialists.
  • NEW Expanded media for you and your students, including tools that save you time in setting up your online course and classroom lectures and additional resources for students, like video, flashcards, study tools and more.
  • NEW! Nearly 200 additional video clips, each focusing on a specific artwork or architectural site within its context, as if you are "there". Each video pans-in on details of interest and shows both interior and exterior shots, where applicable.