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 AP Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here 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 AP Art History Teacher Community.
Please note that the texts on this list have not been reviewed by Learning List for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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.