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. 4, December

Albrecht Altdorfer in Seiner Zeit: Religiöse Und Profane Themen in der Kunst Um 1500/sehen Und Erkennen: Albrecht Altdorfers Religiöse Bilder/Der Wald in der Malerei Und der Graphik Des Donaustils
THOMAS NOLL Albrecht Altdorfer in seiner Zeit: Religiöse und profane Themen in der Kunst um 1500 Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2004. 582 pp.; 202 b/w ills. euro98MAGDALENA BUSHART Sehen und Erkennen: Albrecht Altdorfers religiöse Bilder Munich: Deutscher...
A New England Lament: Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand in the 1940s
Well, there was a place just on the edge of Andover which is old, it goes back to when New England was the great textile center, you've probably (seen) many places where all those places are just, I mean those textile mills are just carcasses now, the...
By the Light of Providence: The Glory Altarpiece at St. Paul's Chapel, New York City
Immediately on entering St. Paul's Chapel-a stately Georgian edifice based on James Gibbs's St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London-the visitor's gaze is drawn toward the so-called Glory Altarpiece in the chancel (Fig. I).1 This wooden structure, erected in...
Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art
MIGNON NIXON Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2005. 352 pp.; 103 b/w ills. $40.00Suicide. Madness. Institutionalization. Accident. Illness. The biographies of many of the women artists associated...
Men at Work in Dutch Art, or Keeping One's Nose to the Grindstone
Among the chief delights of leisure is getting away from toil. This is not new. Why would a person at leisure want to look at a person who is working? More particularly, why would a well-to-do and well-educated viewer hang a painting of manual labor...
"Miss la La's" Teeth: Reflections on Degas and "Race"
Race-thinking is its own best refutation.-Jacques Barzun, Race: A Study in Modem Superstition1Disgust always bears the imprint of desire. These low domains, apparently expelled as "Other," return as the object of nostalgia, longing and fascination. The...
Parsifal / Druidess: Unfolding a Lithographic Metamorphosis by Odilon Redon
In 1879, with an album of ten prints and one frontispiece entitled Dans le reve ("In the Dream" or "Dreaming"), Odilon Redon started publishing lithographs. The album format proved congenial and successful: three more followed until, in 1886, the artist...
Poussin and the Poetics of Painting: Pictorial Narrative and the Legacy of Tasso
JONATHAN UNGLAUB Poussin and the Poetics of Painting: Pictorial Narrative and the Legacy of Tasso Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 305 pp.; 8 color ills., 72 b/w. $90.00Nicolas Poussin and the painters of his circle and generation drew on...
Quality, Demand, and the Pressures of Reputation: Rethinking Perugino
According to Giorgio Vasari, the Italian Renaissance painter Pietro Perugino had a particularly shocking experience in November 1507. He installed a huge, double-sided altarpiece in SS. Annunziata, the Florentine church of the Servites, and it was immediately...
The Body at the Funeral: Imagery and Commemoration at Notre-Dame, Paris, about 1304-18
Necrologies and obituary books were vital to the liturgical life of medieval religious communities. Since at least the ninth century, these lists recorded the names of deceased members of the community and honorary others, such as relatives and donors.1...
The Cabinet of Eros: Renaissance Mythological Painting and the Studiolo of Isabella d'Este
STEPHEN J. CAMPBELL The Cabinet of Eros: Renaissance Mythological Painting and the Studiolo of Isabella d'Este New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. 402 pp.; 58 color ills., 77 b/w. $60.00The scholarship on collecting and female patronage in Renaissance...
Walking on Water: Cosmic Floors in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)When Hagia Sophia, the vast cathedral of Byzantium, was completed and dedicated with great fanfare shortly after Christmas 537, the emperor Justinian could rightly say (as a later source claims) that he had outdone...