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. 3, September

Activating the Effigy: Donatello's Pecci Tomb in Siena Cathedral
Most studies of tomb sculpture in late medieval and early modern Europe have focused on the attribution and dating of individual monuments, or have presented typological surveys which emphasize the formal development over time of genres such as wall...
Art and History: Exploring the Counterchange Condition
In the late twentieth century, one challenging problem in the relationship of art to history is how to connect the multiple histories of the diverse peoples we now study. In the past the discipline focused, understandably, on that history most familiar...
Art, History, and Vision
Where there is no vision, the people perish.(1)It is against this double hegemony of a History with a capital H and a Literature consecrated by the absolute power of the written sign that the peoples who until now inhabited the hidden side of the earth...
A Sculpture, a Column, and a Painting: The Tension between Art and History
I encounter nearly every day the instability of the equation "Art > < History." Around the corner from where I work, I pass a Henry Moore sculpture standing at the center of a large square base of marble with deeply cut, radiating lines. Made of...
Book Reviews -- Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America by David M. Lubin
DAVID M. LUBIN Picturing a Nation: Art and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. 584 pp., 50 color ills., 140 b/w. $45.00The most ambitious and rigorous studies of 19th-century American art have of late donned...
Book Reviews -- Sennacherib's Palace without Rival at Nineveh by John Malcolm Russell
JOHN MALCOLM RUSSELL Sennacherib's Palace without Rival at Nineveh University of Chicago Press, 1991. 350 pp.; 139 b/w ills. $45.00The study of ancient Near Eastern cultures is fundamentally different from that of others. No living tradition links us...
Book Reviews -- the Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art by Thomas F. Mathews
THOMAS F, MATHEWS The Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993. 208 pp.; 16 color ills., 122 b/w.$49.50In 336, Donatus, bishop of Carthage (the founder of the schismatic "Donatist" church...
Crusading Ideology and the Frescoes of S. Maria in Cosmedin
In the 1260s, Humbert of Romans, former master general of the Dominican order, wrote an instruction book, De predicatione crucis, for aspiring preachers of the crusades.(1) His manual includes several passages of interest to art historians. Chapter 1--"On...
Disciplines in Art Education -- Art Education by Albert William Levi and Ralph A. Smith / Art History and Education by Stephen Addiss and Mary Erickson / Aesthetics and Education by Michael J. Parsons and H. Gene Blocker / and Others
ALBERT WILLIAM LEVI AND RALPH A, SMITH Art Education: A Critical Necessity Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991. 280 pp.; 15 b/w ills. $39.95; $16.95 paperSTEPHEN ADDISS AND MARY ERICKSON Art History and Education Urbana: University of Illinois...
From a Better History to a Better Politics
A Better HistoryThe historical inquiry into the art of the past--up to the immediate past--should not be a matter of contention for an academic discipline that calls itself the history of art, no matter how complicated its procedures, and no matter how...
Guido Reni's Pallione del Voto and the Plague of 1630
With a ferocity that the late twentieth century now understands from the AIDS epidemic, bubonic plague assaulted Europe intermittently from the mid-fourteenth through the eighteenth century, disrupting daily life, devastating populations, and warning...
Late Medieval Crete and Venice: An Appropriation of Byzantine Heritage
The complex relationship between Venetian and Byzantine culture in the thirteenth century poses intriguing questions to the art historian. A Byzantine province in the sixth century, Venice became a politically independent state in the early eleventh...
Materialist Art History and Its Points of Difficulty
Art is perforce embedded in history; texts are always and everywhere conditioned by forces that are outside their own articulation. There are two responsibilities for the materialist art historian as a result: (1) imaginatively reconstruct the past,...
Modern Art -- Modernity and Modernism by Francis Frascina, Nigel Blake, Briony Fer, Tamar Garb and Charles Harrison / Modernism in Dispute by Paul Wood, Francis Frascina, Jonathan Harris and Charles Harrison / and Others
FRANCIS FRANSCINA, NIGEL BLAKE, BRIONY FER, TAMAR GARB, AND CHARLES HARRISON Modernity and Modernism: French Painting in the Nineteenth Century New Haven: Yale University Press in association with the Open University, 1993. 304 pp.; 50 color ills., 200...
Motivating History
Under historicism, which entailed the historical study of ancient and modern art as a new paradigm of historical experience, art history handed over lock, stock, and barrel its legitimacy as a medium for aesthetic, philosophical or hermeneutic reflection.--Hans...
On Not Writing the History of Roman Art
A centipede was strolling along when a journal editor came by and asked, "How do you know which foot to put down first?"It was days before the centipede could walk again, and weeks before she could stroll.Looking at this title, ART> <HISTORY, makes...
The Room of Maps at Caprarola, 1573-75
This essay, an interpretation of a major Late Renaissance hall of state, is based on four fundamental premises. First, the decorative program of the Room of Maps (Sala del Mappamondo) in the Villa Farnese at Caprarola (Figs. 1-5) (Figures 1-5 omitted)...