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. 78, No. 2, June

Can the Canon Burst?
Without the canon, we cease to think.-Harold Bloom1 Men think in myths.-Claude Levi-Strauss2 In his classic study of the caste system in India, Louis Dumont demonstrated in Homo Hierarchicus that Indian society was structured on a rigid notion of hierarchy...
Cigoli's Immacolata and Galileo's Moon: Astronomy and the Virgin in Early Seicento Rome
A fresco painted by Lodovico Cigoli in a papal chapel in Rome at the beginning of the second decade of the seventeenth century represents the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception "clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,"just as Saint John the...
Claude Monet, 1840-1926 / Claude Monet: Life and Art / Monet, Narcissus, and Self-Reflection / Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist
CHARLES F. STUCKEY Claude Monet, 1840-1926 New York: Thames and Hudson, for the Art Institute of Chicago, 1995. 282 pp.; 226 color ills., 52 b/w. $50.00 PAUL HAYES TUCKER Claude Monet: Life and Art New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. 260 pp.; 140...
Colonialism, Orientalism, and the Canon
The recent inquiry in art and architectural history that centers on "rethinking the canon" is closely linked with the current focus on sociocultural intersections of the "Western" and "non-Western" worlds. This is clearly manifested, for example, in...
Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France
THOMAS CROW Emulation: Making Artists for Revolutionary France New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. 364 pp; 20 color ills., 140 b/w. $40.00 Readers familiar with Thomas Crow's previous writings will find in his new book the qualities they have come...
Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History
ALEX POTTS Flesh and the Ideal: Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. 294 pp.; 46 b/w ills. $30.00 Alex Potts's compelling book on Winckelmann might have been called "Mourning the Impossible Ideal." From its...
Lament for a Lost Queen: The Sarcophagus of Dona Blanca in Najera
The death of a queen in childbirth and the grief of her bereaved husband are represented on one of the most memorable tombs produced in Spain during the twelfth century: that of Dona Blanca of Navarre (d. 1156), wife of Sancho III, king of Castile (Figs....
Laurentian Patronage in the Palazzo Vecchio: The Frescoes of the Sala Dei Gigli
During his rule of the Florentine government (1469-92), Lorenzo de' Medici imposed his control, ideology, and taste on the decoration of the Palazzo Vecchio, the seat of civic power. Although Lorenzo's patronage has been a focus of recent scholarship,1...
Letters
The Coming of the Shepherds There can be no doubt that Julia I. Miller in "Miraculous Childbirth and the Portinari Altarpiece" (Art Bulletin, LXXVII, no. 2, 1995) has made an important step forward in showing not only that the main theme of Hugo van...
Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979
JULIA F. ANDREWS Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979 Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. 583 pp.; 12 color ills., 138 b/w. $55.00 Shortly after the Chinese Communists gained control of China and established...
Prophets, Canons, and Promising Monsters
Prophets, Canons, and Promising Monsters I used to be almost embarrassed to admit to friends and colleagues the place where I spent so many hours with things medieval. It was constructed to be, and can still be be construed as, celebrating those aspects...
Sebastian Brant: The Key to Understanding Luca Penni's Justice and the Seven Deadly Sins
The Florentine-born painter Luca Penni (1504?-1556/7) was at least in his mid- to late twenties when he made the most critical decision of his career: to travel to France and enter the service of King Francis I. I Possibly as early as 1530 he sought...
The Expression of the Passions: The Origin and Influence of Charles le Brun's "Conference Sur L'expression Generale et Particuliere"
JENNIFER MONTAGU The Expression of the Passions: The Origin and Influence of Charles Le Brun's "Conference sur l'expression generale et particuliere" New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. 234 pp.; 210 b/w ills. $45.00 Spying the love-smitten Juliet...
The Lost Wheel Map of Ambrogio Lorenzetti
The world map that Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted in 134 for the communal palace of Siena has long since vanished, but not without leaving spectacular traces of its unique design (Figs. 1, 2). A rotating wheel, the work scratched a series of great concentric...
Theory as a Place
Theory and History Some years ago I wrote for a collection entitled The New Art History ( 1986), edited by Al Rees and Frances Borzello.l I'm not sure quite what turned out to be the critical fate of this attempt to establish some parameters for a supposed...
The White Obelisk and the Problem of Historical Narrative in the Art of Assyria
The limestone slabs carved with reliefs that lined the walls of the Assyrian royal palaces are among the most admired works of ancient Near Eastern art. These often beautifully preserved sculptures, bearing scenes of royal conquest, accomplishment, ritual,...
World Art Studies and the Need for a New Natural History of Art
A man looks in through the glass observation window of a dolphinarium. He is smoking a cigarette and blows a puff of smoke into the air. Through the glass he sees a young female dolphin swim off to her mother and take a suck of milk. She then returns...