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. 83, No. 1, March

Donatello's Bronze David and Judith as Metaphors of Medici Rule in Florence
For all the individual analyses of Donatello's bronze David and Judith and Holofernes, these sculptures have rarely been considered jointly, despite the fact that they were displayed in coordinated outdoor spaces of the Medici Palace for about thirty...
Editor's Note
In its over eighty years, the Art Bulletin has veered only occasionally from its essential fare of scholarly articles and book reviews. This issue, the first of the new millennium, seems an appropriate place to introduce two new features: exhibition...
Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000
ROBERT A. SOBIESZEK Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000 Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1999. 324 pp.; 184 color ills., 56 b/w. $59.95; $39.95 paper Addressed to a special...
Japanese Art History 2001: The State and Stakes of Research
The allure of the object in a world of language is the dilemma of the art historian. It is true, as David Summers writes, that "[t]he transformation of works into words is of crucial importance and in a certain sense everything follows from the way it...
Japan in American Museuems-But Which Japan?
The Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., organized a symposium, "Asia in Museums," as part of celebrations of the museum's seventy-fifth anniversary in 1998. I was asked to talk about Japan in museums. When I was given my topic, ` Japan in American...
Letters
In Defense of Jean Sutherland Boggs In his review of the exhibition Degas at the Races and its catalogue (Art Bulletin 82, no. 3 [2000]: 371-73), Adrian Lewis cavalierly dismissed the work of a distinguished senior art historian, Jean Sutherland Boggs....
Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist
CAROLINE A. JONES Machine in the Studio: Constructing the Postwar American Artist Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. 561 pp; 121 b/w ills. hardcover, $60 Under the pressure of structuralism and poststructuralism's critique, art historians, critics,...
Necklines: The Art of Jacques-Louis David after the Terror
EWA LAJER-BURCHARTH Necklines: The Art of Jacques-Louis David after the Terror New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. 400 pp., 11 color ills., 165 b/w. $60 Since the works of Robert Rosenblum (Transformations in Late Eighteenth Century Art, 1967) and...
Paper Palaces: The Rise of the Renaissance Architectural Treatise / the Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance: Architectural Invention, Ornament, And
VAUGHAN HART AND PETER HICKS, EDS. Paper Palaces: The Rise of the Renaissance Architectural Treatise New Haven and London: Yale University Press 1998. 414 pp.; 113 b/w ills. $45 ALINA A. PAYNE The Architectural Treatise in the Italian Renaissance. Architectural...
Rethinking Eighteenth-Century Rome
The Splendor of Eighteenth-Century Rome Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 16-May 28, 2000, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,June 25-September 17, 2000 EDGAR PETERS BOWRON AND JOSEPH J. RISHEL, EDS. Art in Eighteenth-Century Rome exh. cat. (Philadelphia:...
"Surrounded with Brilliants": Miniature Portraits in Eighteenth-Century England
Portraits in miniature occupy an uncertain place in art historical studies. In public galleries they are exhibited in glass cases covered by cloth to protect them from daylight, and visitors often walk straight past them. They are seen as a branch of...
Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture
JONATHAN CRARY Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999. 397 pp.; 114 b/w ills. $39.95 The meaning of the title of this book is revealed in the epilogue. The phrase "suspensions of perception"...
Switching Sites and Identities: The Foudner's Statue at the Buddhist Temple Korin' In
This article introduces an icon and an inscription: a virtually unstudied Buddhist portrait statue produced in Japan during the seventeenth century and a heretofore undocumented dedicatory text written on the surface of the hollow statue's interior....
The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist / Art, Theory, and Culture in Sixteenth-Century Italy: From Techne to Metatechne
FRANCIS AMES-LEWIS The Intellectual Life of the Early Renaissance Artist New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000. 322 pp.; 50 color ills., 100 b/w. $40.00 ROBERT WILLIAMS Art, Theory, and Culture in Sixteenth-- Century Italy: From Techne to Metatechne...
Why Did Louis De Roncherolles Commission a Stained-Glass Window for Beauvais in 1522?
Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeked into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book,"...