Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Combined Volume

Janetta Rebold Benton / Robert J. DiYanni  
Total pages
February 2011
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For two semester/quarter courses on Introduction to the Humanities or Cultural Studies.


Now in full color, Arts and Culture provides an introduction to global civilizations and their artistic achievements, history, and cultures.  The authors consider two important questions:  What makes a work a masterpiece of its type? And what qualities of a work enable it to be appreciated over time?  Critical thinking is also highlighted throughout the text with 4 different box features that ask students to explore connections across the humanities and different cultures. These boxes are entitled Connections, Cross Currents, Then & Now, and Cultural Impact boxes. Open the new fourth edition of Arts and Culture and open a world of discovery.


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Superb Box Program to highlights connections between the arts and different cultures:

  • Interdisciplinary Connections boxes highlight how artists'/thinkers' ideas in one discipline affected ideas and values shaped in another.
  • Cultural Cross Currents boxes- explore connections made between two cultures, focusing on sub-topics in the various disciplines and helping students engage in cross-cultural studies.
  • Then & Now boxes- Helps students link things they already know with things they don't know. Draws from contemporary culture, showing students how artifacts of today's American culture have roots in past Western and non-Western civilizations alike.
  • Cultural Impact boxes show students how past achievements influenced later cultures and how they still impact the contemporary world.

 Music CD: A music CD that accompanies the music selections in the text is available to package with this text.

New to this Edition

In studying the humanities, this text focuses its attention on works of art that reflect and embody the central values and beliefs of particular cultures and specific historical moments.


NEW- MyHumanitiesKit is now available with Arts and Culture. MyHumanitiesKit provides an accessible way for students to experience and interact with The Arts. The Closer Look feature is the cornerstone of  the program-bringing important works of art to the student and acting as their personal docent! Other key features include image and glossary flashcards, primary source documents and chapter quizzes to help with student retention and understanding.


NEW- Four Color Design- The tenth edition is the first completely four color edition, eliminating the color inserts from previous editions.


NEW- Expanded coverage of contemporary music includes new sections on Rock & Roll, Rap, and Digital music.


NEW- Greater focus on non-Western and minority art includes new images and content in the Pictures, Sculpture, Architecture and Film chapters to provide a more global emphasis for the new edition.


NEW- Clearer organization includes a redesign of the headings throughout the book to make navigating the material easier and more intuitive.

Table of Contents


1. Prehistoric, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian


2. Aegean Culture and Early Greece

3. Classical and Hellenistic Greece

4. Roman Civilization

5. Judaism, Early Christianity, and Byzantine


6. Islamic Civilization

7. Indian Civilization

8. Early Chinese Civilization

9. Early Japanese Civilization

10. Early Civilizations of the Americas and Africa

11. Early Middle Ages and the Romanesque

12. Gothic and Late Middle Ages



13. Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy

14. Renaissance in Northern Europe

15. Baroque Age

16. Eighteenth Century

17. Romanticism and Realism

18. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

19. Later Chinese Civilization

20. Later Japanese Civilization

21. Later Africa and Latin America

22. Early Twentieth Century

23. Mid-Twentieth Century and Later

24.Diversity in Contemporary Life

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