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. 2, June

Contested Terrain: Gustave Courbet's Hunting Scenes
During his lifelong quest to develop a Realist aesthetic, Gustave Courbet elaborated on the Romantic legacy that emphasized artistic subjectivity and natural vision. With the goal of interpreting the manners and ideas of his time, he produced an oeuvre...
Heroic Indolence: Realism and the Politics of Time in Raffaëlli's Absinthe Drinkers
At the sixth Impressionist exhibition in 1881, Jean-François Raffaëlli showed the painting now known as The Absinthe Drinkers for the first time (Fig. 1). The large canvas depicting two ragged men drinking outside a bar in the outskirts of Paris received...
Imperial Frontiers: Building Sacred Space in Sixteenth-Century South India
Studies of sixteenth-century South Asian art are dominated by the achievements of the Mughal Empire in north India. Later Hindu architecture, that is, after the twelfth century, has been neglected until comparatively recently, under the assumption that...
Marxism and the History of Art: From William Morris to the New Left
ANDREW HEMINGWAY, ED. Marxism and the History of Art: From William Morris to the New Left London: Pluto Press, 2006. 276 pp.; 16 b/w ills. $45.00Considerable attention is currendy being given in the United States to Naomi Klein's best-selling Shock Doctrine:...
Moors and the Bullfight: History and National Identity in Goya's Tauromaquia
In 1815-in his seventieth year-Francisco Goya began etching the plates for a series of prints depicting the bullfight. The Tauromaquia, as this set of thirty-three aquatint etchings would come to be known by the 1840s, was the third of five print series...
Other Icons: Art and Power in Byzantine Secular Culture
HENRY MAGUIRE AND EUNICE DAUTERMAN MAGUIRE Other Icons: Art and Power in Byzantine Secular Culture Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. 223 pp.; 8 color ills., 150 b/w. $49.50For decades, scholars of Byzantium have been revamping the image of...
Staging Empire: Napoleon, Ingres, and David
TODD PORTERFIELD AND SUSAN L. SIEGFRIED Staging Empire: Napoleon, Ingres, and David University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006. 272 pp.; 48 color ills., 82 b/w. $55.00A few years after the bicentenaire of Napoleon's coronation, Jean-Auguste-Dominique...
The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra
EBBA KOCH The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra Drawings, Richard André Barraud London: Thames and Hudson, 2006. 288 pp.; 224 color ills., 154 b/w. $75.00Upon her grave - may it be illuminedtill the Resurrection!The King of Kings...
The Ethics of Perception: Josef Albers in the United States
Experimentation means learning by experience. . . .-Josef Albers, September 19411A most poignant document of Black Mountain College's early years is the snapshot of Josef and Anni Albers's arrival, published in Nordi Carolina's AsheviUe Citizen on December...
The Making of English Photography: Allegories
STEVE EDWARDS The Making of English Photography: Allegories University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006. 368 pp.; 114 b/w illus. $85.00Karl Marx makes his appearance in the first paragraph of Steve Edwards's book The Making of English...
The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 B.C.-A.D. 300
CHRISTOPHER H. HALLETT The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 B.C.-A.D. 300 Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 416 pp.; 160 b/w ills. $150.00Respectable Roman merchants as Greek heroes, virtuous Roman matrons as Veneres flirtatiously flaunting...