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Articles from Vol. 77, No. 4, December

Art History and Images That Are Not Art
Most images are not art. In addition to pictures made in accord with the Western concept of art, there are also those made outside the West or in defiance, ignorance, or indifference to the idea of art. In the welter of possibilities two stand out. Non-Western...
Book Reviews -- German Sculpture of the Later Renaissance, C. 1520-1580: Art in an Age of Uncertainty by Jeffrey Chipps Smith
JEFFREY CHIPPS SMITH German Sculpture of the Later Renaissance, c. 1520-1580: Art in an Age of Uncertainty Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1994. 546 pp.; 317 b/w ills. $65.00Delicately carved mythological reliefs, ebullient fountains, and...
Book Reviews -- Michelangelo by Antonio Paolucci, Mames Beck and Bruno Santi / Michelangelo at San Lorenzo by William E. Wallace / the Faun in the Garden by Paul Barolsky / Michelangelo on and off the Sistine Ceiling by Creighton Gilbert
ANTONIO PAOLUCCI, JAMES BECK, AND BRUNO SANTI Michelangelo: The Medici Chapel Photographs by Aurelio Amendola; notes on the restoration by Agnese Parronchi and Francesco Panichi. Bergamo: Edizioni Bolis, 1993; London: Thames and Hudson, 1994. 213 pp.;...
Book Reviews -- on the Museum's Ruins by Douglas Crimp with Photographs by Louise Lawler / the Cultures of Collecting Edited by John Elsner and Roger Cardinal / Museum Culture Edited by Daniel J. Sherman and Irit Rogoff
DOUGLAS CRIMP On the Museum's Ruins Photographs by Louise Lawler. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1993. 348 pp.; 112 b/w ills. $29.95JOHN ELSNER AND ROGER CARDINAL, EDS. The Cultures of Collecting Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1994. 312 pp.;...
Book Reviews -- Pierre Puvis De Chavannes by Aimee Brown Price
AIMEE BROWN PRICE Pierre Puvis de Chavannes Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, 1994. 272 pp.; 90 color and 118 b/w ills. Fls. 69.50 paperAfter two decades of silence, a book has finally been published which treats the work of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. The...
Book Reviews -- the Origin of Perspective by Hubert Damisch and Translated by John Goodman / le Jugement De Paris by Hubert Damisch
HUBERT DAMISCH The Origin of Perspective Trans. John Goodman. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1994. 447 pp.; 135 b/w ills. $39.95HUBERT DAMISCH Le Jugement de Paris. Paris: Flammarion, 1992. 234 pp.; 114 b/w ills. Fr 250Myth is never more scandalous, never...
Book Reviews -- Zenkoji and Its Icon: A Study in Medieval Japanese Religious Art by Donald McCallum
DONALD MCCALLUM Zenkoji and Its Icon: A Study in Medieval Japanese Religious Art Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1994. 268 pp.; 5 maps, 1 color ill., 51 b/w. $39.50This type of detailed monograph is exactly what Western scholarship on Japanese...
Interdisciplinarity and Visual Culture
When I was asked by the Art Bulletin to write something about "interdisciplinarity," it seemed like an easy task. After all, I've been editing an interdisciplinary journal of criticism and theory in the humanities and social sciences for seventeen years....
J. M. W. Turner's Ploughing Up Turnips, near Slough: The Cultivation of Cultural Dissent
In April of 1809 Turner opened his private gallery to "the classes of Dilettanti, Connoisseurs and Artists," as he did almost every year between 1804 and 1816.(1) Among the eighteen works displayed was Ploughing Up Turnips, near Slough, one of the artist's...
Mapping Interdisciplinarity
The present essay constitutes a very preliminary attempt to delineate through time the changing boundaries and tolerances between "disciplinarity" and "interdisciplinarity," not only in different fields of humanistic inquiry but also in different national...
Masterdisciplinarity and the "Pictorial Turn"
Everyone involved in the heated debate over interdisciplinarity, curiously, appears to be on the same side. One would be hard pressed to find an art historian of any methodological stripe who was not, in some basic sense, in favor of it. All practitioners...
New Identifications in Raphael's School of Athens
In the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican, Raphael's School of Athens (1509-12) has long been admired as a monument to Italian Neoplatonism.(1) However, over the centuries it has posed many problems to the iconographer (Fig. 1).(Fig. 1 omitted) Beginning...
Prints, Salami, and Cheese: Savoring the Roman Festival of the Chinea
And Your Lordship well knows that just as paper has no less stability than bronze and marble, so too there is no ultramarine color as vividly expressive as ink.(1)I shall begin with the art of engraving in copper, not as the oldest, but as the one of...
Seeing the Shroud: Guarini's Reliquary Chapel in Turin and the Ostension of a Dynastic Relic
Guarini's domed, centrally planned chapel of the Holy Shroud (1657-94) towers over the cathedral of S. Giovanni in Turin, architecturally announcing to visitors standing in the piazza the extraordinary importance of the relic it contains (Fig. 1).(Fig....
The Phoenix Hall at Uji and the Symmetries of Replication
In 1053 the Japanese nobleman Fujiwara no Yorimichi (990-1074), of the celebrated Fujiwara family of palace aristocrats and aesthetes, witnessed the completion and consecration at his residential temple, Byodoin, of a legendary Amitabha Hall. The birdlike...
Vetoes and Compatibilities
Today some art historians regard interdisciplinarity (I hope to be forgiven for not using the fashionable slash) as either a remedy for the alleged narrow-mindedness and conservatism of that discipline, or, alternatively, as a weapon against that discipline....
Warrant for Trespass/permission to Peer
Ille. By the help of an imageI call to my own opposite, summon allThat I have handled least, least looked upon.Hic. And I would find myself and not an image.Ille. That is our modern hope, and by its lightWe have lit upon the gentle, sensitive mindAnd...