Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities

Janetta Rebold Benton / Robert DiYanni  
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November 2013
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For an undergraduate introductory level course in humanities.
An introduction to the world’s major civilizations.

This Fourth Edition is an introduction to the world’s major civilizations–to their artistic achievements, their history, and their cultures. Through an integrated approach to the humanities, Arts and Culture offers an opportunity to view works of art, read literature, and listen to music in historical and cultural contexts. In studying the humanities, we focus our attention on works of art, literature, and music that reflect and embody the central values and beliefs of particular cultures and specific historical moments.


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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

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