A more global, flexible view of art history

Thames & Hudson’s new art history title, The History of Art: A Global View, is designed with a global narrative in mind. Written by a team of expert authors, the book is organized chronologically and utilizes “Seeing Connections” features to help students make cross-cultural comparisons. Available in a single volume and in split volumes, the book is composed of brief chapters, offering unparalleled flexibility.

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Features of The History of Art: A Global View

Comprehensive coverage and flexible organization

Brief, chronologically organized chapters offer maximum flexibility. With multiple chapters on each region, assign more than one chapter per week for a fully global course, or skip and reorder chapters for a focused or regional approach.

Part-opening maps and timelines

Six part-opening introductions provide an overview of the major artworks of the period. Each opener includes a timeline and a global map, reinforcing the big picture and showing historical developments around the world.

“Seeing Connections” features

Two-page “Seeing Connections” features compare how cultures approached similar problems, created new artistic ideas, and exchanged objects, materials, techniques, and styles, demonstrating how art has always been global. Accompanying InQuizitive modules make these features gradable.

Pedagogy that supports your course goals

Four additional pedagogical features—Art Historical Thinking, Looking More Closely, Going to the Source, and Making It Real—support critical thinking about art; encourage visual analysis skills; guide primary source analysis; and describe materials, styles, and techniques.

Reinforcement of key vocabulary and unfamiliar terms

Definitions in the margins of every chapter provide refreshers on key terms, ensuring students don’t miss out on important information. An audio pronunciation guide of unfamiliar terms, names, and titles is embedded in the ebook and available as part of the Student Site.

What Instructors are Saying

"It's a stunning accomplishment: a textbook by multiple authors that holds together with extraordinary coherence. It feels fresh and important and engaging, a bit like walking into classrooms where smart, passionate experts are teaching about objects they know well—helping us to understand these works more fully, to question them more critically, and to value them more deeply."

— Craig Hanson, Calvin University

"[The Seeing Connections feature] is my favorite part of this textbook. It allows for a focused thematic approach to be paired with a chronological/geographic approach. It demonstrates to students that there are multiple ways to organize ideas around art and art objects. Assigning them also dramatically increases the diversity of cultural representation in a traditional Western art survey course without adding a huge amount of extra work or reading for students."

— Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Kent State University at Stark

"It does not give the impression of any culture as a monolith. It puts each culture, with its own chapter, on equal footing. It makes it easier to study a smorgasbord of cultures in a single week."

— Amy Gansell, St. John’s University

Flexible Options for Any Art History Survey

Volume 1: Prehistory to 1500

Thirty-seven brief chapters covering prehistory to 1500. Available in print and as an ebook.

Volume 2: 1300 to the Present

Thirty-seven brief chapters covering 1300 to the present. Available in print and as an ebook.

Combined Volume: Prehistory to the Present

Seventy-four brief chapters covering art history from prehistory to the present. Available in print and as an ebook.

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Image Credits: p. 560 1 British Library Board, London/Bridgeman Images; p. 561 2 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015, 2015.300.231; 58.4 (A–E) Image Museo Nacional del Prado, Photo MNP/Scala, Florence; Map 44.1 Peter Bull
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