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. 86, No. 2, June

Benjamin West, John Galt, and the Biography of 1816
"Incalculable" was William Dunlap's estimation of Benjamin West's effect on American art. In his History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design, in the United Slates (1834), he lionized West as the first internationally famous, American-born...
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Beyond Suzhou: Region and Memory in the Gardens of Sichuan
The title of Maggie Keswick's book The Chinese Garden, which has served as American readers' most popular introduction to this topic since 1978, provides both a label and a limit for the study of Chinese gardens.1 Put in the singular, it suggests an...
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Bild-Anthropologie: Entwurfe Fur eine Bildwissenschaft
HANS BELTING Bild-Anthropologie: Entwurfe fur eine Bildwissenschaft Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2001. 280 pp.; 180 b/w ills. 25.20 EurosHans Belting's recent collection of essays on effigies, masks, mummies, ancestor portraits, cult statues, tattoos, anatomical...
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Couture Culture: A Study in Modern Art and Fashion
NANCY J. TROY Couture Culture: A Study in Modern Art and Fashion Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003. 438 pp.; 150 b/w ills. $39.95In 1863, Charles Baudelaire located a set of markers for modernity in the fugitive aspects of fashion and urged the modern...
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Durer's Melencolia I: Plato's Abandoned Search for the Beautiful
The literature on Melancholia is more extensive than that, on any other engraving by Durer: that statement would probably remain true if the last too words were omitted.-Campbell Doclgson, 1926(1)Anyone familiar with the history of Western printmaking...
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Editor's Note
In this, my final issue as editor-in-chief, I would like to acknowledge the many colleagues who contribute to the success of The Art Bulletin. The authors, both those we have published and those we haven't, deserve first credit. The Art Bulletin could...
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Foods and the Body in Italian Genre Paintings, about 1580: Campi, Passarotti, Carracci
Butchers, fish vendors, and poultry sellers appear quite abruptly in northern Italian art, in paintings by Vincenzo Gampi, Bartolomeo Passarotti, and Annibale Carracci, all made in Cremona and Bologna between about 1580 and 1585.1 Curiously, these mundane...
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In the Manner of Duchamp, 1942-47: The Years of the "Mirrorical Return"
New Yorkers out on the town for an evening of art in late October 1942 would have found Paul Delvaux's Aurore (1937) holding pride of place at the far end of the long, narrow room that displayed Surrealist works in Peggy Guggenheim's newly opened gallery...
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Real Spaces: World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism
DAVID SUMMERS Real Spaces: World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism London: Phaidon, 2003. 707 pp., 343 b/w ills. $75.00Far and away the most pressing problem lacing the discipline of art history is the prospect of world art history. And yet...
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Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art
LOTHAR LEDDEROSE Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 1998, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Bollingen Series xxxv: 46 Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000. 272...
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The Tang Architectural Icon and the Politics of Chinese Architectural History
The discovery in June 1937 of a wooden building, the east hall of Foguang Monastery, reliably dated to the year 857 by two inscriptions, one on the building itself and the other on a small, octagonal, commemorative pillar with Buddhist imagery, was unquestionably...
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This Was Tomorrow: Pieter Aertsen's Meat Stall as Contemporary Art
How can the individual work, which positivistic . . . history has determined in a chronological series and thereby reduced to the status of a "fact," be brought back into its historical-sequential relationship and thereby once again be understood as...
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