The Art Bulletin

The Art Bulletin publishes scholarship in all aspects of art history as practiced in the academy, museums, and other institutions. The Art Bulletin publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews in the area of art history.

Articles from Vol. 90, No. 3, September

Gustave Moreau and the Reinvention of History Painting
Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and histories of art associate Gustave Moreau with fin de siècle Symbolism or Decadence. While this categorization has undoubtedly helped to save Moreau's oeuvre from the oblivion in which despised nineteenth-century "academic"...
How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness
DARBY ENGLISH How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2007. 384 pp.; 22 color ills., 31 b/w. $30.00"How to see a work of art in total darkness? One cannot, of course, except in the most extraordinary circumstances, such...
Kuroda Seiki's Morning Toilette on Exhibition in Modern Kyoto
The story of Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924), who left Japan for France at age eighteen to study law but returned almost a decade later an accomplished painter, eventually to revolutionize the art world in his home country, has often been told. A scion of wealth...
Raphael's Transfiguration as Visio-Devotional Program
Even to his contemporaries, Raphael's Transfiguration (ca. 1518-20) must have seemed both beautiful and strange (Fig. 1). Combining two distinct narrative subjects with anachronistic witnesses in a single setting, it had few equivalents for sheer complexity...
Revaluing Minimalism: Patronage, Aura, and Place
Patronage studies are scarce in the literature on contemporary art for a reason: patrons have rarely exercised a decisive sway over the course of that art, broadly viewed. But the leading patrons of the Minimalist movement may be counted as an exception....
Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China
EUGENE Y. WANG Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005. 501 pp.; 21 color ills., 119 b/w. $60.00Eugene Wang's book on the world of the Lotus Sütra in medieval China is a new and...
Surrealism and the Spanish Civil War
ROBIN ADÈLE GREELEY Surrealism and the Spanish Civil War New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. 240 pp.; 30 color ills., 95 b/w. $60.00Returning from Spain just prior to the fascist victory there, George Orwell, who fought with the republican forces,...
The Medieval Masons' Lodge as Paradigm in Peter Behrens's Dombauhütte in Munich, 1922
It is my dearest wish no longer to speak of art, rather, that we, those of us who concern ourselves with the field, had the right to call ourselves craftsmen.It is therefore understandable that we came to give our building the name Dombauhütte. Our work...
The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture
PETRA TEN-DOESSCHATE CHU The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. 246 pp.; 49 color ills., 88 b/w. $45.00Petra ten-Doesschate Chu's The Most Arrogant Man in...