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. 77, No. 2, June

Andrea Di Bonaiuto's Via Veritatis and Dominican Thought in Late Medieval Italy
The Dominican priory of S. Maria Novella in Florence is not only a religious institution but also an impressive museum of late medieval and Renaissance art and architecture. Behind Leone Battista Alberti's grand quattrocento facade it contains Brunelleschi's...
Architectural Symbolism and the Decoration of the Ste.-Chapelle
The dedication of the Ste.-Chapelle on April 26, 1248, not only marked the completion of a repository worthy of the sacred relics of the Passion, recently acquired from Constantinople by Louis IX, but the event also consecrated a new locus sanctus.(1)...
Book Reviews -- Atget's Seven Albums by Molly Nesbit / Industrial Madness: Commercial Photography in Paris, 1848-1871 by Elizabeth Anne McCauley
MOLLY NESBITAtget's Seven AlbumsNew Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. 428 pp; 420 duotones, 158 b/w ills. 55.00ELIZABETH ANNE McCAULEYIndustrial Madness: Commercial Photography in Paris, 1848-1871 New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. 448 pp; 139...
Book Reviews -- Federico Borromeo and the Ambrosiana: Art Patronage and Reform in 17th-Century Milan by Pamela M. Jones / "Il Gran Cardinale": Alessandro Farnese, Patron of the Arts by Clare Robertson
PAMELA M, JONESFederico Borromeo and the Ambrosiana: Art Patronage and Reform in 17th-Century Milan Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. 386 pp.; 100 b/w. ills. $95.00CLARE ROBERTSON"Il Gran Cardinale": Alessandro Farnese, Patron of the Arts...
Book Reviews -- Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in 18th-Century Paris by Andrew McClellan / Charles Nicolas Cochin et L'art Des Lumieres by Christian Michel
ANDREW McCLELLANInventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in 18th-Century ParisCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. 289 pp.; 84 b/w ills. $65.00CHRISTIAN MICHELCharles Nicolas Cochin et l'art des LumieresRome:...
Book Reviews -- le Vitrail by Nicole Blondel / Les Vitraux De Saint-Nicolas-De-Port by Michel Herold / Les Vitraux Narratifs De Las Cathedrale De Chartres by Colette Manhes-Deremble / Bread, Wine, and Money by Jane Welch Williams / and Others
NICOLE BLONDELLe Vitrail: Vocabulaire typologique et techniqueParis: Inventaire General des Monuments et des Richesses Artistiques de la France, 1993. 437 pp.; 806 ills., mostly color. Fr. 890MICHEL HEROLDLes Vitraux de Saint-Nicolas-de-Port Corpus Vitrearum...
Book Reviews -- Perspective as Symbolic Form by Erwin Panofsky and Translated and with an Introduction by Christopher S. Wood
ERWIN PANOFSKYPerspective as Symbolic FormTrans. and with an introduction by Christopher S. Wood. New York: Zone Books, 1991. 196 pp.; 40 b/w ills. $24.95Nearly seventy years after its composition, Erwin Panofsky's "Die Perspektive als 'symbolische Form'"...
Book Reviews -- the Collages of Kurt Schwitters: Tradition and Innovation by Dorothea Dietrich
DOROTHEA DIETRICHThe Collages of Kurt Schwitters: Tradition and InnovationCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. 240 pp.; 8 color ills., 105 b/w. $65.0As a contribution to anglophone criticism of the work of Kurt Schwitters, Dorothea Dietrich's...
Family Members and Political Allies: The Portrait Collection of Margaret of Austria
Among the early sixteenth-century collections in the Netherlands the art collection of Margaret of Austria was exceptional in terms of its size and quality.(1) It included paintings such as the Arnolfini Wedding by Jan van Eyck and the Passion cycle...
Miraculous Childbirth and the Portinari Altarpiece
Hugo van der Goes's Portinari Altarpiece is perhaps the single most studied Flemish painting of the later fifteenth century (Fig. 1). (Figure 1 omitted) As the painter's key work, and one of the largest, best-preserved, and most influential altarpieces...
Monuments, Martyrdom, and the Politics of Religion in the French Third Republic
French political life, in the decades preceding World War I, was characterized by an instability and polarization which infected virtually every aspect of the nation's culture. The Dreyfus Affair proved all the more traumatic for occurring at a time...
Redefining the Past: Revolutionary Architecture and the Conseil Des Batiments Civils
The coupling of the words "architecture" and "French Revolution" still calls to mind fantastic images of visionary creations--such as the abstracted forms of Ledoux's city of Chaux, or the sublime proportions of Boullee's civic monuments. While the social...
The Bastides of Southwest France
That every meaningful city represents a political system has always been known. Political science developed from the designs for a complete polis. The rules of order which cities have formed certify also those of the state by which they are ruled....Visible...
The Problematics of Collecting and Display, Part 2
Modern French Painting and the Art MuseumRichard R. BrettellFor most members of the public, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting is the glory of large-scale American art museums. The Impressionist galleries at the Metropolitan Museum,...