AP Art History: Example Textbook List

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Art History. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

All editions of the following textbooks after 2005 are appropriate for use in meeting the AP Art History curriculum requirements. Earlier editions of these texts and other textbooks not listed here (including concise textbooks) may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Music Theory classroom, please consult the Resource Library in the Online Teacher community, or the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.

You may choose a primary textbook from this list or recommendations. You must use an edition published in 2005 or later.

Adams, Laurie Schneider, Art Across Time, New York: McGraw-Hill.

Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn Shields, Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts., New York: Thames and Hudson Inc.

Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary, DK Publishing.

Hugh Honor and John F. Fleming, The Visual Arts: A History, London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

Kleiner, Fred S., Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: A Global History, Cengage Learning.

Lazzari, Margaret and Dona Schlesier, Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, Cengage Learning.

Stokstad, Marilyn and Michael Cothren, Art History Pearson.

Wilkins, David, Bernie Schultz, et al., Art Past, Art Present, Pearson.

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