[BOOKS] ✸ The Books that Shaped Art History Author Richard Shone – Saudionline.co.uk

The Books that Shaped Art History chapter 1 The Books that Shaped Art History , meaning The Books that Shaped Art History , genre The Books that Shaped Art History , book cover The Books that Shaped Art History , flies The Books that Shaped Art History , The Books that Shaped Art History 6385f22399dde Written By Some Of Today S Leading Art Historians And Curators, This New Collection Provides An Invaluable Road Map Of The Field By Comparing And Reexamining Canonical Works Of Art History From Mile M Le S Magisterial Study Of Thirteenth Century French Art, First Published In , To Hans Belting S Provocative Likeness And Presence A History Of The Image Before The Era Of Art, The Book Provides A Concise And Insightful Overview Of The History Of Art, Told Through Its Most Enduring Literature Each Of The Essays Looks At The Impact Of A Single Major Book Of Art History, Mapping The Intellectual Development Of The Writer Under Review, Setting Out The Premises And Argument Of The Book, Considering Its Position Within The Broader Field Of Art History, And Analyzing Its Significance In The Context Of Both Its Initial Reception And Its Afterlife An Introduction By John Paul Stonard Explores How Art History Has Been Forged By Outstanding Contributions To Scholarship, And By The Dialogues And Ruptures Between Them

10 thoughts on “The Books that Shaped Art History

  1. says:

    I was excited as soon as I stumbled on this book in the bookstore of SFMOMA At the most tactile level, it s a handsomely published book typography, paper, bookish photography Right there it earns an extra star It is an art book, after all.The concept is simple 16 essays on 16 art historians who published across the 20th century essays authored in turn by younger art historians A handful of the original historians were familiar even to an amateur like me Ernst Gombrich and TJ Clark but over the years I ve dipped into the books of several of the others What I ve always lacked is a sense of context art historians, like every other kind of writer or artist, are mostly responding to the work of previous art historians Of course the history of art history isn t a seamless tale It s rocked with contradictions, corrections, productive misreadings Erwin Panofsky, who in his most famous book Early Netherlandish Painting made some famous mistakes, remarked I am too old not to know that error is just as important a factor in history and scholarship as truth Because these essays are written by scholars who admire and appreciate their predecessors even when they disagree with their conclusions, the writing is vibrant and penetrating There s not a dull essay in the book Anyone who remembers the art essays of the 80s and 90s, choked with coded references to the Gallic pantheon Saussure, Barthes, Lacan, Foucault, Derrida , can only be grateful for the clarity and grace of the prose in this book Anna Lovatt s essay on Rosalind Krauss is a model, acute observations never clouded with jargon.Anyone who enjoys thinking about thinking about art will enjoy this book.

  2. says:

    3.5This book is flawed primarily in its conception By following the development of art history as a discipline through 16 specific books, there s already a problem Firstly, it is caught between telling the history of the discipline and between actually focusing on the books selected to be analysed Secondly, there is no discussion of Feminist or Post colonial art historians Linda Nochlin receives a passing mention, but that s it really The book takes as it s subject a lineage of 20th century art historians whose names will, or should, be familiar to anyone with a reasonable knowledge of the subject The first 150 pages or so tend to be as dull and opaque as the writers discussed Alfred Barr, Greenberg, Panofsky etc The entries on the emergence of social art history are interesting simply due to their subject matter Further, the essays on Alpers and Krauss do well to be informative but also insightful The collection is generally rocky, with the entries varying greatly in their value The entries on Kenneth Clark and Greenberg are quite unwilling to face the murkier aspects of their subject matter In particular the almost complete disavowal of the feminist criticism of Kenneth Clark s study of the nude on the basis that critics have missed the point of his study is grotesque While the entry on Greenberg fails to mention his post war, C.I.A funded trips to Europe to promote the individualism of American Capitalism in Art Instead it focuses on his early years when he actually had Marxist tendencies which is fine but it feels like lying by omission of his questionable later years Some of the essays just seem unwilling to relinquish the old gods of Modernist criticism, fortunately for the bulk of academic art history they re already dead Overall, the book does do a decent job of spelling out the central points of each writer and does provide a good overview of how art history as a discipline has transformed over the past century I d also only recommend this if you re already familiar with the subject the densely theoretical discussions of analytical frameworks probably won t convert you.

  3. says:

    A wonderful survey of the history of art Well written with wonderful images I only wish I could visit all the museums in the world to see these masterpieces with my own eyes.

  4. says:

    I only read this because I was forced to through my studies But, because of it, I got a complete image on how art historians today view art and it contributed to the general art history discussion Also, there were a few books mentioned that I really want to read because of my interest in the Middle Ages.

  5. says:

    Like being back in grad school.

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