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. 87, No. 1, March

Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back/Ways of the River: Arts and Environment of the Niger Delta/See the Music Hear the Dance: Rethinking African Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art
PAMELA MCCLUSKY WITH ROBERT FARRIS THOMPSON Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back Seattle: Seattle Art Museum in association with Princeton University Press, 2002. 302 pp.; 182 color ills., 50 b/w. $26.56MARTHA G. ANDERSON AND PHILIP M. PEEK,...
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Behind the Sensationalism: Images of a Decaying Corpse in Japanese Buddhist Art
One of the most provocative images in Japanese art is the kusozu, a graphic depiction of a corpse in the process of decay and decomposition. The kusozu, "painting of the nine stages of a decaying corpse" (hereafter, painting of the nine stages), was...
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Cézanne and Delacroix's Posthumous Reputation
A photograph of 1894 shows Paul Cézanne in his Paris studio at work on a small canvas on the easel, The Apotheosis of Delacroix (Fig. 1). The title is based on Cézanne's own words in a letter of May 12, 1904, to Émile Bernard from Aix-enProvence. In...
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Communism in Furs: A Dream of Prehistory in William Morris's John Ball
A Dream of John Ball, a novel by William Morris, was first published as a serial in the pages of the newspaper Commonweal between November 13, 1886, and January 22, 1887.' Founded two years earlier by Morris and fellow disaffected members of the Social...
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Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England
NIGEL LLEWELLYN Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 471 pp., 233 b/w ills. $140.00Given the large number of surviving sixteenth- and seventeenth-century tombs in England, the English must have been...
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Mit Mythen Leben: Die Bilderwelt der Römischen Sarkophage
PAUL ZANKER AND BJÖRN CHRISTIAN EWALD Mit My then Leben: Die Bilderwelt der römischen Sarkophage Munich: Hirmer, 2004. 389 pp.; 78 color ills., 227 b/w. euro75.00In the late nineteenth century, when Roman art was first being defined as a distinct field...
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Otto Wagner and the Steinhof Psychiatric Hospital: Architecture as Misunderstanding
A few weeks ago I was returning to Vienna by train from the west. A sculptor from Paris was sharing my compartment. As we approached the outskirts, he suddenly pointed to the view on his left and exclaimed in astonishment: "What is that?!" There, on...
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"Pictures (the Most Part Bawdy)": The Anglo-Japanese Painting Trade in the Early 1600s
A most curious experiment was undertaken in the early seventeenth century by the English East India Company: it decided to deal in pictures through some of its Asian factories (or trading stations). The company, founded in 1600, was anxious to find appropriate...
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Pregnancy and Pathology: Picturing Childbirth in Eighteenth-Century Obstetric Atlases
In the second half of the eighteenth century, two highly regarded obstetric atlases were published by the British menmidwives William Smellie and William Hunter. Filled with large-scale, vivid engravings of the dissected female body, Smellie's A Sett...
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Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde
BRANDEN JOSEPH Random Order: Robert Rauschenberg and the Neo-Avant-Garde Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2003, 418 pp.; 103 b/w ills. $34.95Among the American artists who came to prominence in the wake of, and offering an alternative to, Abstract Expressionism,...
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Vision, Devotion, and Difficulty in the Psalter Hours "Of Yolande of Soissons"
As is so often the case with medieval manuscripts rich in visual imagery, one striking miniature has largely upstaged its fellows and come to serve as the recognizable "face" of the Psalter Hours so-called of Yolande of Soissons,1 a late-thirteenth-century...
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