These books are surveys; they provide general overviews and examinations of art history in its entirety. These books give you a good idea of the collected knowledge and understandings in art history. Use these books to get a general understanding, rather than an in-depth examination of a specific subject in art history.
Call no. N5300.G632
The first edition of this book was published in 1950, but the updated versions remain relevant today. This is a seminal text on the history of art.
Call no. N5300.B433
This book traces the history of art from its very earliest forms to its contemporary counterparts. Images and narrative help to present the story.
Call no. N5300.Y39
This is an image-rich and heavy book, but it covers almost all art historical periods and regions in the world. This is a follow up to “The Art Book” with chronological explanations.
Call no. N6490.A784a
This book of more than 100 articles by four respected and influential art historians covers the definitive events of art history in chronological order since 1900.