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.

The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Art History Course Audit curricular 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 Art History classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.

Adams, Laurie Schneider. Art Across Time, (2nd edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.

Adams, Laurie Schneider. Art Across Time, (3rd edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Adams, Laurie Schneider, Art Across Time, (4th Edition). McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Davies, Penelope J.E., Walter B. Denny, et al., Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition, (8th Edition). Prentice-Hall, 2010.

Hartt, Frederick. Art: A History of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, (4th edition). New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993.

Honour, Hugh, and John Fleming. The Visual Arts: A History, (6th edition). New York: Harry N. Abrams/Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Honour, Hugh, and John Fleming. The Visual Arts: A History, (7th edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005.

Hugh Honor and John F. Fleming, Visual Arts, The: A History, (Revised 7th Edition). Pearson, 2013.

Kleiner, Fred S., Christin J. Mamiya, and Richard G. Tansey. Gardner's Art Through the Ages, (11th edition). San Diego: Harcourt College, 2001.

Kleiner, Fred S., and Christin J. Mamiya. Gardner's Art Through the Ages, (12th edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2005.

Kleiner, Fred S., Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: A Global History, (Enhanced 13th Edition.) Cengage Learning, 2011.

Lazzari, Margaret and Dona Schlesier, Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, (3rd Edition)* Cengage Learning, 2008.

Lazzari, Margaret and Dona Schlesier, Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, (4th Edition)* Cengage Learning, 2011.

Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History, (Revised 1st edition). New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1999.

Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History, (2nd edition). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History, (Revised 2nd edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005.

Stokstad, Marilyn and Michael Cothren, Art History (Combined Volume 4th Edition). Pearson, 2011.

Wilkins, David, Bernie Schultz, et al., Art Past, Art Present, (6th Edition). Pearson, 2009.

Email to a friend Print