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Old 12-01-2013, 03:02 PM
 
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Has anyone read the textbook "A History of Western Art" by Laurie Schneider Adams. Is it worth the humongous price of $142 - at one book store, $162? I'd pay that if the blurbs full of praise are accurate but those writers get paid to say such things. Has anyone here really studied it? If so, what do you think? Thanks.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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If your goal is to take a course where this is required reading material, then the book is worth as much as your willingness to take the course. I find the prices of textbooks to be truly shocking and egregious nowadays, but that's probably not going to stop you from getting an education.

If your goal is simply to learn about art history in your free time, then HELL NO!!! There are a zillion cheaper options out there and no particular "textbook" is going to impart magical knowledge to you. Spend that money on a road trip to a first rate museum, if you don't have such things nearby. If you do have such things nearby, then go every weekend until you've spent that much money. You'll learn a lot more actually dealing with the art.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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Amazon has the revised edition for $65 and a paperback version for $1.65.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:11 PM
 
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Thanks to both of you.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:50 AM
 
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There was an excellent series on PBS "Art From the Western World." For anyone interested in learning
about art history, I would recommend this 9 part dvd set. It's selling on Amazon for $36.00 and I would
also suggest the book (again on Amazon for about $21.00 in paperback). I used this as one resource when
teaching art classes (art history was required in every art class - high school level).
*note - it does not cover Asian, African (only Egypt) or Middle Eastern history.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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This reminds me, back in the day, I lived a 15 minute walk from the main Seattle Public Library. I exhausted every DVD and VHS tape they had on subjects like that. You might look at your local library media options.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:15 AM
 
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There was an excellent series on PBS "Art From the Western World." For anyone interested in learning
about art history, I would recommend this 9 part dvd set. It's selling on Amazon for $36.00 and I would
also suggest the book (again on Amazon for about $21.00 in paperback). I used this as one resource when
teaching art classes (art history was required in every art class - high school level).
*note - it does not cover Asian, African (only Egypt) or Middle Eastern history.

That is a flaw I am finding in many an art book. They do not cover Asian, African and, quite often South America. I grew up on history books like that. World History covered Europe and North America.

Thanks about the DVD information.
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Old 12-07-2013, 03:39 AM
 
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don't overlook the internet as a source of info and a way to visit lots of museums way too expensive to travel to. if nothing else, it might help you weed out the ones you don't want to actually visit. I wonder if some of them have classes?
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:56 AM
 
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That is a flaw I am finding in many an art book. They do not cover Asian, African and, quite often South America. I grew up on history books like that. World History covered Europe and North America.

Thanks about the DVD information.
True of the Seattle Public Library collection as well. Primarily Western-centric in all matters historical.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:24 AM
 
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You now I'd think Sister Wendy's series on art would be pretty good to look at. One could understand much about art history through her wonderful expositions. You can tell she LOVES art!
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