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This is an adapted version of the second edition of A History of Art in Africa, published in 2008 by Pearson/Prentice Hall. It has been scanned and digitized with the original graphics and illustrations redacted for Monica Blackmun Visonà, who now holds copyright to the entire text. The text is complete, and chapters 1-5 include thumbnails with weblinks to alternate illustrations. Dr. Visonà is preparing a third edition of A History of Art in Africa for University of Michigan Publishing Services, which will appear both online and in print. As this textbook remains the most comprehensive art historical survey of the African continent, UKnowledge is making the 2nd edition of this reliable resource accessible in the interim.

About the Author(s)

MONICA BLACKMUN VISONÀ is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies and Affiliate Faculty of African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky.

ROBIN POYNOR is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of Florida.

HERBERT M. COLE is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Pearson Prentice Hall


New Jersey







Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. Roland Abiodun, John C. Newton Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies, Amherst College Michael D. Harris, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art History in the Department of African American Studies, Emory University

Recommended Citation

Blackmun Visona, Monica; Poynor, Robyn; and Cole, Herbert M., "A History of Art in Africa" (2008). Art and Visual Studies Textbook Gallery. 1.

A History of Art in Africa