History of art book janson

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History of Art by H.W. Janson

For 1000s of art lovers both amateur & professional, esthetic life began with Janson, as his History of Art is often called. In the 1st edition, published in 1962, he spoke to that perennial reader he gently called the troubled layman. His opening paragraph revealed his sympathy: Why is this supposed to be art? he quoted rhetorically. How often have we heard this question asked--or asked it ourselves, perhaps--in front of one of the strange, disquieting works that we are likely to find nowadays in the museum or art exhibition? Keeping that curious, questioning perspective in mind, he wrote a history of art from cave painting to Picasso that was singularly welcoming, illuminating & exciting. Sojourning thru this book, a reader is offered every amenity for a comfortable trip. Because he never assumes knowledge on the part of the reader, a recent immigrant from Mars could comprehend Western art from this text. The only assumption the Jansons have made is that with a little guidance everyone can come to understand the artifacts that centuries of architecture, sculpture, design & painting have deposited in our paths. Countless readers have proven the Jansons right & found their lives enriched in the process.
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H. W. Janson

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History of Art : The Western Tradition. Horst Woldemar Janson , Anthony F. For forty years, this widely acclaimed classic has remained unsurpassed as an introduction to art in the Western world, boasting the matchless credibility of the Janson name. This newest update features a more contemporary, more colorful design and vast array of extraordinarily produced illustrations that have become the Janson hallmark. A narrative voice makes this book a truly enjoyable read, and carefully reviewed and revised updates to this edition offer the utmost clarity in contributions based on recent scholarship.

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Janson , was a Russian-born German-American professor of art history best known for his History of Art , which was first published in and has since sold more than four million copies in fifteen languages. Janson was born in St. After his German Abitur , Janson studied at the University of Munich and then at the art history program at the University of Hamburg , where he was a student of Erwin Panofsky. In , at the suggestion of Panofsky, who had emigrated to the United States, Alfred Barr sponsored Janson as an immigrant, and he completed a PhD at Harvard University in his dissertation was on Michelozzo. In he married Dora Jane Heineberg — , an art history student at Radcliffe College , and he became a citizen in Janson taught at Washington University in St. Louis from until , when he joined the faculty of New York University , where he developed the undergraduate arts department and taught at the graduate Institute of Fine Arts.

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