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. 3, September

Artcriticism-Writing, Arthistory-Writing, and Artwriting
I speak of artcriticism-writing and arthistory-writing to emphasize differences between two modes of writing about visual art; and mention what I call artwriting to allude to shared concerns of critics and art historians. Compare and contrast, for example,...
Body as "Character" in Early Eighteenth-Century French Art and Performance
Actors, dancers, fashionable folk, Turks, musicians, peasants, pilgrims-such is the diverse figural parade which comprises the bulk of the drawings of Antoine Watteau (Figs. 3, 10-12). Crafting his types individually and in eclectic combinations, the...
Country Folk and City Business: A Print Series by Jan Van De Velde
When country folk venture into the city, their purpose is business, particularly that of selling their wares at the market. But when city dwellers travel to the countryside their purpose is not to connect but to observe, not to engage in business but...
History, Writing, and Image in Maya Art
"To reflect upon the choices and values that inform your own art-historical writing," read the letter inviting me to contribute to this issue of "Perspectives." That is what I have decided to do, but I do not intend my reflections to be prescriptions...
Intention(s)
Intention (Artists) Intention is the forward-leaning look of things. It is not a reconstituted historical state of mind, then, but a relation between the object and its circumstances.-Michael Baxandall1 When art historians, even the best of them, write...
Latter Days of the Law: Images of Chinese Buddhism, 850-1850
MARSHA WEIDNER, ED. Latter Days of the Law: Images of Chinese Buddhism, 850-1850 Lawrence: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, in association with University of Hawaii Press, 1994. 481 pp.; 32 color ills., 142 b/w. $48.00; $34.00 paper The Chinese...
Letter
A Question of Patronage When Bruce L. Edelstein's review of my book Bronzino's Chapel of Eleonora di Toledo in the Palazzo Vecchio appeared (Art Bulletin, LXXVI, no. 1, 1994, 171-75), I was struck by its inaccuracies and misrepresentation of my work-also...
Origins and Meanings of Rembrandt's Late Drawing Style
Over the last decade a number of scholars have narrowed the corpus of Rembrandt's drawings compiled by Benesch and identified the hands responsible for many of the rejected works.I Their efforts have also significantly increased knowledge of the functions...
Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-Century Monument: Sculpture as Theatre / Sir Richard Westmacott, Sculptor
DAVID BINDMAN AND MALCOLM BAKER Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-Century Monument: Sculpture as Theatre New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. 421 pp.; 16 color ills., 289 b/w. $65.00 MARIE BUSCO Sir Richard Westmacott, Sculptor New York: Cambridge University...
Samaritan or Scrooge? the Contested Image of Thomas Guy in Eighteenth-Century England
Cultural historians have written at length about the vital importance of ideologies of benevolence to the men and women of property who dominated eighteenth-century Britain.l Over and over again we have heard of how William Hogarth and other artists...
The Woman of Ideas in French Art, 1830-1848 / Painting Women: Victorian Women Artists / Masculinities in Victorian Painting
JANIS BERGMAN-CARTON The Woman of Ideas in French Art, 1830-1848 New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995. 280 pp.; 108 b/w ills. $30.00 DEBORAH CHERRY Painting Women: Victorian Women Artists New York: Routledge, 1993. 291 pp.; 47 b/w ills. $60.00; $24.95...
Watteau's Dealer: Gersaint and the Marketing of Art in Eighteenth-Century Paris
Le marchand . . . s'efforcoit A maintenir une reputation qui etoit la base de sa fortune.-C.-F. Joullain, Reflexions sur la peinture . 1786 In the course of the eighteenth century dealers became the essential middlemen in a rapidly expanding art market....
Writing (and) Art History: Against Writing
Do we need to write or speak about art in order to express coherent ideas about it? No. Philosophers, as well as critical and psychoanalytical theorists, have long discussed the linguistic articulation of visual and other sensory apprehension.1 Although...
Writing (and) the History of Art
Writing Art History Paul Barolsky Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity. -Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary Art-historical writing is for the most part clotted...