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. 77, No. 1, March

Book Reviews -- Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape by Christopher S. Wood
Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of LandscapeChicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. 323 pp.; 62 color ills., 140 b/w. $65.00Regensburg, which lies about forty miles southeast of Nuremburg, thrived more gloriously and richly in the Middle Ages...
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Book Reviews -- Dawn of the Golden Age: Northern Netherlandish Art, 1580-1620 Edited by Ger Luijten and Adriane Van Suchtelen
Dawn of the Golden Age: Northern Netherlandish Art, 1580-1620Exh. cat. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum with Waanders Publishing, Zwolle, 1993. Distr. Yale University Press, New Haven. 718 pp.; 100 color ills., 1,080 b/w. $90.00The era of the large exhibition...
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Book Reviews -- Outcasts: Signs of Otherness in Northern European Art of the Late Middle Ages by Ruth Mellinkoff
Outcasts: Signs of Otherness in Northern European Art of the Late Middle AgesBerkeley: University of California Press, 1993. 2 vols. 882 pp.; 503 color ills., 193 b/w. $195.00In the hands of the connoisseur of the "ugly Jew," the amateur of the "bestial...
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Book Reviews -- Picturing Time: The Work of Etienne-Jules Marey, 1830-1904 by Marta Braun / Etienne-Jules Marey: A Passion for the Trace by Francois Dagognet and Translated by Robert Galeta with Jeanine Herman
MARTA BRAUNPicturing Time: The Work of Etienne-Jules Marey, 1830-1904Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. 472 pp.; 345 b/w ills. $65.00FRANCOIS DAGOGNETEtienne-Jules Marey: A Passion for the TraceTrans. Robert Galeta with Jeanine Herman. New York:...
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Book Reviews -- Refiguring the Real: Picture and Modernity in Word and Image, 1400-1700 by Christopher Braider
Refiguring the Real: Picture and Modernity in Word and Image, 1400-1700Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1993. 328 pp., 8 color ills., 80 b/w. $39.50If anything might be said to characterize art history in the nineties it is the acceptance...
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Book Reviews -- Ricerca del Rinascimento: Principi, Citta, Architetti by Manfredo Tafuri
Ricerca del Rinascimento: Principi, citta, architettiTurin: Giulio Einaudi Editore, 1992. 406 pp.; 166 b/w ills. Lire 65,000Manfredo Tafuri's place in the history of architecture of our times is unique. Freethinking, courageous, and ambitious, he nevertheless...
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Book Reviews -- the Altarpiece in Renaissance Venice by Peter Humfrey
The Altarpiece in Renaissance VeniceNew Haven: Yale University Press, 1993. 382 pp.; 120 color ills., 150 b/w. $60.00For Jacob Burckhardt, the great tradition of modern European easel painting originated in the Italian Renaissance altarpiece. In its...
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Engraved Calligraphy in China: Recension and Reception
Since the Later Han dynasty (25-220), ink-written calligraphy has been seen as an expression of the writer's personality.(1) As a result of this equation of personality and style, traditional Chinese criticism has focused on the biography of the artist...
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Exodus and Easter Vigil in the Ashburnham Pentateuch
The Ashburnham Pentateuch (Paris, Bibl. Nat. MS nouv. acq. lat. 2334),(1) convincingly dated to the late sixth century,(2) occupies a pivotal place between Late Antique and Carolingian illuminated manuscripts. Originally, there were sixty-nine illustrated...
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Likeness of No One: (Re)presenting the First Emperor's Army
The subterranean army of several thousand life-size terra-cotta soldiers, horses, and war chariots, under excavation since 1974 from the site near the supposed burial chamber of the first Chinese emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi (r. 246-210 B.C.), in Lintong,...
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Metaphorical Painting: Michelangelo, Dante, and the Last Judgment
In the lower right corner of the Last Judgment, Michelangelo painted an unmistakable quotation from Dante's Inferno (Figs. 1, 2). The figures of Charon and Minos were easily recognized by sixteenth-century viewers, and to the present day no one has seriously...
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Museology and Museography
I identify myself in language, but only by losing myself in it like an object.--Jacques Lacan(1)The title of this set of Art Bulletin statements, "The Problematics of Collecting and Display," might itself be seen as emblematic of what in fact has been...
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Museum Education Embracing Uncertainity
In the world of visual images...the museum is the primary source for education. Merely by existing--by preserving and exhibiting works of art--it is educational in the broadest and best sense, though it never utters a sound or prints a word.--Sherman...
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Our (Musuem) World Turned Upside Down: Re-Presenting Native American Arts
Our aim is the complete u'mista or repatriation of everything we lost when our world was turned upside down.--Gloria Cranmer Webster(1)The vast majority of Native American objects in private and public collections are the legacy of the high period of...
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Redating the Arca Santa of Oviedo
When Pelayo became bishop of Oviedo in 1101, it must have seemed that the mountains which had sheltered the city from Moslem incursions now isolated her from the rest of Reconquest Spain. Once the capital of Asturias, spearhead of Christian resistance...
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Re-Dressing Classical Statuary: The Eighteenth-Century "Hand-in-Waistcoat" Portrait
A portrait type that appeared with relentless frequency in England in the eighteenth century is the familiar image of a gentleman poised with one hand inside his partially unbuttoned waistcoat. Conventional interpretations of this very common portrait...
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Reevaluating the Object of Collecting and Display
The work of art as a physical object singularly rooted in time and place and bearing the weight of its commercial status was redefined in the latter half of the 1960s. Two decades have come and gone and yet museums with collections of contemporary art...
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Selling, Seduction, and Soliciting the Eye: Manet's Bar at the Folies-Bergere
The spectator...the lover of universal life enters into the crowd as though it were an immense reservoir of electrical energy. Or we might liken him to a mirror as vast as the crowd itself.--Charles Baudelaire, 1863(1)Denise began to feel as if she were...
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The Art Museum as Ritual
The literature about art museums tends to represent them either as collections of things or as distinctive works of architecture. Museum catalogues, for example, itemize the holdings of particular institutions; the museum is treated not as a place but...
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