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. 89, No. 2, June

Envisioning Abstraction: The Simultaneity of Robert Delaunay's First Disk
Of all of the movements lucky enough to have been caught in the tangles of Alfred Barr's spider-web chart of modern art (Fig. 1), only one, Orphism-Guillaume Apollinaire's misbegotten term and attempt to unite the post-Cubist abstraction of Robert Delaunay,...
Giotto's Circumspection
Since its rediscovery in the nineteenth century, the fresco cycle in the Arena Chapel in Padua (S. Maria della Carità de Arena) has risen to prominence as the foremost body of work by Giotto di Bondone (1266/7-1337). Yet we know more about its social...
Hard Hats and Art Strikes: Robert Morris in 1970
For his 1970 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Robert Morris: Recent Works, Robert Morris created process pieces-"spills" of concrete, timber, and steel-which filled the entire third floor of the museum (Fig. 1). These constructions,...
Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium
BISSERA V. PENTCHEVA Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006. 320 pp.; 20 color ills., 100 b/w. $60.00Icons of the Virgin Mary are perhaps the images that spring most immediately...
Islamic Calligraphy
SHEILA S. BLAIR Islamic Calligraphy Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006. 718 pp.; 178 color and b/w ills. $150.00This most recent book written by Sheila Blair represents a scholarly synthesis long awaited by specialists. It is quite the first...
Localizing Sacredness, Difference, and Yachacuscamcani in a Colonial Andean Painting
Nuestra Señora de Montserrat stands on a windswept pampa in the south-central Andes. This early colonial church is built on the remains of an imperial Inca royal estate in the town of Chinchero, Perú (Fig. 1). Its plain facade, as well as the modest...
Mural Gambits: Mexican Muralism in the United States and the "Portable" Fresco
The nationalistic imagery of Diego Rivera, José Clémente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros displayed on the public walls of Mexico, a nation forging a new cultural identity in the wake of a long civil war (1910-20), captured the imagination of the art-viewing...
Picturing Listening in the Late Nineteenth Century
An image can serve to introduce this article: a photograph captioned "Bernard Berenson, 1959, after listening to Yehudi Menuhin" (Fig. 1). Consider the three pieces of information that the caption provides, so neatly separated by commas. All three are...
Realist Quandaries: Posing Professional and Proprietary Models in the 1860s
In the 1850s and 1860s, as Realism became a contested term among artists and critics, the traditional form of the artist-model transaction, in which the artist directed a professional model to assume a pose that embodied his idea, became subject to interrogation...
The Origins of Medieval Architecture: Building in Europe, A.D. 600-900
CHARLES B. MCCLENDON The Origins of Medieval Architecture: Building in Europe, A.D. 600-900 New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 280 pp., 35 color ills., 175 b/w. $65.00In the first six centuries after the conversion of the emperor Constantine to...
The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality/Houses and Monuments of Pompeii: The Works of Fausto and Felice Niccolini/Domus: Wall Painting in the Roman House/The Social Life of Painting in Ancient Rome and on the Bay of Naples
KATHERINE M. D. DUNBABIN The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 308 pp.; 16 color ills., 120 b/w. $85.00ROBERTO CASSANELLI, PIER LUIgI CIAPPARELLI, ENRICO COLLE, AND MASSIMILIANO DAVID Houses and Monuments...