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. 76, No. 2, June

Babel: Hermetic Languages, Universal Languages, and Anti-Languages in Fin De Siecle Parisian Culture
Against a searing yellow sky, Gauguin painted trees as rivulets of blue--as pure, exquisite forms that would be utterly illegible if plucked from the context he made for them (Les Arbres bleus, 1888; Fig. 1).(Figure 1 omitted) Seurat invented the Neo-Impressionist...
Elegant or Common? Chen Hongshou's Birthday Presentation Pictures and His Professional Status
The distinction between the "elegant" (ya) and the "common" (su) represents a fundamental opposition in traditional Chinese writings about art. The refined, the gentlemanly, the expressive, the eminent, or heightened, are pitted against the coarse, the...
Leonardo's Battle of Anghiari: A Study in the Exchange between Theory and Practice
Not one shred of the Battle of Anghiari has been preserved, yet generations of scholars have tried to reconstruct the painting. Could there possibly be anything further to investigate? The historical occasion for the commission is too well known to bear...
Reviews -- Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art by Sarah P. Morris
SARAH P. MORRIS, Daidalos and the Origins of Greek Art, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1992. Pp. xxx + 411; 62 black-and-white ills. $69.50.The history of the study of what is usually called "Orientalizing influence" upon Greek art and culture...
Reviews -- Landscape Imagery and Urban Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain by Andrew Hemingway
Andrew Hemingway, Landscape Imagery and Urban Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992. Pp. 355; 120 black-and-white ills. $95.00.During the first decades of the 19th century, some of the most remarkable...
Reviews -- Only Connect ... : Art and the Spectator in the Italian Renaissance (the A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 1988; Bollingen Series, XXXV, 37) by John Shearman
JOHN SHEARMAN, Only Connect...: Art and the Spectator in the Italian Renaissance (The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 1988; Bollingen Series, xxxv, 37), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Princeton University Press, 1993. Pp. xvii...
Reviews -- Problems of Style by Alois Riegl, Translated by Evelyn Kain and with Annotations and an Introduction by David Castriota and a Preface by Henri Zerner / Forms of Representation in Alois Riegl's Theory of Art by Margaret Olin / and Others
ALOIS RIEGL, Problems of Style. Foundations for a History of Ornament, trans. Evelyn Kain, annot. and intro. David Castriota, pref. Henri Zerner, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1992. Pp. xxxiii + 406; 197 black-and-white ills. $45.00.MARGARET...
The Construction of Landscape in Augustan Rome: The Garden Room at the Villa Ad Gallinas
Famed for choosing to decorate his own villas "not so much with handsome statues and pictures as with terraces and groves" and a good friend of the horticulturist Gaius Matius, the inventor of topiary,(1) Rome's first emperor, Augustus, was well aware...
The Poetic Structure of a Twelfth-Century Chinese Pictorial Dream Journey
In memory of Odette Sterekx (1905-1993)The painters whom the invading Jurchens pushed to the Yangzi River Valley by the twelfth century were fascinated by the southern vistas of lakes and misty hills. They found there the visual inspiration not only...
The Roman House as Memory Theater: The House of the Tragic Poet in Pompeii
(All Figures (1-34) omitted)Memory is a human faculty that readily responds to training and can be structured, expanded, and enriched. Today few, if any, of us undertake a systematic memory training. In many premodern societies, however, memory was a...