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. 90, No. 1, March

Attributing Influence: The Problem of Female Patronage in Fifteenth-Century Florence
Among the Florentine Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale's broad holdings of fifteenth-century illuminated manuscripts is a small, striking codex catalogued as BNCF, Magliabechiano VII, 49. Its sole text is a Lombard Vita ai San Giovanni Battista dedicated...
Constructing the Guru: Ritual Authority and Architectural Space in Medieval India
For nearly three millennia the guru has remained at the nexus of Indie society as a figure revered for his innate wisdom, for his vast knowledge of spiritual texts and practices, and for his status as a living receptacle for divinity. Derived from the...
Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an "International Style" in the Ancient near East, 1400-1200 BCE
MARIAN H. FELDMAN Diplomacy by Design: Luxury Arts and an "International Style" in the Ancient Near East, 1400-1200 BCE Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. 278 pp.; 18 color ills., 77 b/w. feo.ooMarian Feldman's copiously illustrated, exquisitely...
Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg's Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses
CAROLINE A. JONES Eyesight Alone: Clement Greenberg's Modernism and the Bureaucratization of the Senses Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. 534 pp.; 23 color ills., 126 b/w. $45.00One of the principal themes explored in this expansive book is...
Meaningful Mingling: Classicizing Imagery and Islamicizing Script in a Byzantine Bowl
Among the sacred relics, precious liturgical implements, and luxurious curios assembled in the treasury of the church of S. Marco, Venice, sits a well-known middle Byzantine vessel of purple-red glass embellished with bright polychrome enamel and gold...
Picturing the City: Urban Vision and the Ashcan School
REBECCA ZURIER Picturing the City: Urban Vision and the Ashcan School Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006. 418 pp.; 12 color ills., 149 b/w. $49.95Picturing the City makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the Ashcan school,...
Regionalist Radio: Thomas Hart Benton on Art for Your Sake
A remarkably high percentage of work by the American artist Thomas Hart Benton depicts musical performance, instruments, singing, and clapping. An even larger group takes as its subject the' production of sound in nonmusical contexts, by way of meteorological...
Romanesque Architectural Sculpture: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
MEYER SCHAPIRO Romanesque Architectural Sculpture: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Ed. and intro. Linda Seidel Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006. 277 pp.; 70 b/w ills. $40.00A decade after his death, Meyer Schapiro (1904-1996), the charismatic...
The Painted Ceilings of the Cappella Palatina
ERNST J. GRUBE AND JEREMY JOHNS The Painted Ceilings of the Cappella Palatino Genoa: Bruschettini Foundation for Islamic and Asian Art; New York: EastWest Foundation, 2005. 518 pp.; 200 color ills., 762 b/w. $195.00The Cappella Palatina in Palermo, completed...
The Republic at Work: S. Marco's Reliefs of the Venetian Trades
Many Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals throughout Italy and France featured sculptural cycles on their portals depicting the Labors of the Months.1 A traditional subject showing a solitary, usually male, figure tending the fields, domesticating animals,...