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. 78, No. 1, March

A Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great War. Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany. Reconstructing the Subject: Modernist Painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950
RICHARD CORK Bitter Truth: Avant-Garde Art and the Great WarNew Haven: Yale University Press, 1994. 336 pp.; 136 color ills., 285 b/w. $55.00MARIA TATAR Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1995. 213...
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"Art Conceal'd": Peale's Double Portrait of Benjamin and Eleanor Ridgely Laming
Charles Willson Peale's Benjamin and Eleanor Ridgely Laming (Fig 1) has long been regarded as one of the artist's finest images.(1) The double portrait of a Maryland merchant and his wife has frequently been described as an outstanding example of Peale's...
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As Befits a Legend: Building a Tomb for Napoleon, 1840-1861 / Dreams of Happiness / Art and the French Commune
MICHAEL PAUL DRISKEL As Befits a Legend: Building a Tomb for Napoleon, 1840-1861 Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1993. 252 pp.; 96 b/w ills. $32.00NEIL McWILLIAM Dreams of Happiness: Social Art and the French Left, 1830-1850 Princeton, N.J.:...
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Chevreul and Impressionism: A Reappraisal
They the Impressionistsdo not imitate; they translate, they interpret. They set out to extract the result of the multiple lines and colors that the eye perceives at a glance before an aspect of nature.--Emile Blemont, Le Rappel, April 9, 1876(1)The representation...
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Copied Carts: Spanish Prints and Colonial Peruvian Paintings
The influence of European prints and paintings on the art of colonial Spanish America is well documented. In contracts recording the commissioning of paintings in Cuzco, a center of art production in the Peruvian highlands, for example, references to...
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Narrative and Event in Ancient Art
PETER HOLLIDAY, ed. Narrative and Event in Ancient Art New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. 368 pp.; 95 b/w ills. $70.00This collection of articles grew out of a CAA session held in 1988, although the focus has been broadened from Greece and Rome...
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Picturing "A City for a Single Summer": Paintings of the World's Columbian Exposition
Relatively few nineteenth-century American paintings picture and interpret urban space. The contemporary functions of art, the working methods of artists, the mechanisms of patronage, and a general anxiety concerning the meaning and character of American...
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Portrait of a Collector as an Agnostic: Charles Lang Freer and Connoisseurship
We are all condamnes...: we are all under sentence of death but with a sort of indefinite reprieve...: we have an interval, and then our place knows us no more. Some spend this interval in listlessness, some in high passions, the wisest, at least among...
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Signs in Painting
Since I am not an art historian in the sense of belonging to that profession through specific training and institutional affiliation, it is not easy for me to address the question of the impact of theories on art history. But I am a professional, even...
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Social Status and Art Collecting: The Collections of Shen Zhou and Wang Zhen
Unusual circumstances make it possible to compare two fifteenth-century Chinese collections ofpaintings, one belonging to Shen Zhou (1427-1509), a wealthy landowner of Suzhou renowned as a painter, poet, and calligrapher, and the other to Wang Zhen (1424-1495),...
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The Cathedral: The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Construction
ALAIN ERLANDE-BRANDENBURG The Cathedral: The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Construction Trans. Martin Thom. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. 378 pp.; 161 b/w ills. $89.95Following Constantine the Great's elevation of Christianity to...
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The Crisis of "Art History"
When I entered graduate school in the history of art at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York in the early 1950s, theory was the farthest thing from my mind. In fact, for me and for many of my cohorts, theory was a rather suspect concept, tainted as...
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The Lateran in 1600: Christian Concord in Counter-Reformation Rome
JACK FREIBERG The Lateran in 1600: Christian Concord in Counter-Reformation Rome New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995. 350 pp.; 8 color ills., 143 b/w. $75.00The Roman basilica of S. Giovanni in Laterano is one of the oldest, largest, and most...
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Theories of Reference
What we have mostly come to mean by "theory" is an attitude of ironic doubt toward any truth claims made by a language or a representational system. This skepticism has been learned, in part, from aesthetic texts. Aesthetic texts are unusually dense...
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Theory, Ideology, Politics: Art History and Its Myths
To reread as a woman is at least to imagine the lady's place; to imagine when reading the place of a woman's body; to read reminded that her identity is also remembered sicin stories of the body.--Nancy K. Miller(1)Re-vision--the act of looking back,...
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The Thermo-Mineral Complex at Baiae and De Balneis Puteolanis
In the entire corpus of Roman architecture few sites present so richly articulated yet so problematic an outlook as Baiae (Baia) and its environs. Located northwest of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, Baiae was the center of the most extensive, arguably...
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Whose Formalism?
Having recently been called a "crypto-formalist," a "new kind of Greenberg, one with hindsight," and a "nihilistic formalist," I feel it my duty, at this juncture of our discipline, to address the issue of formalism--of its uses and abuses.(1) I shall...
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