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. 83, No. 2, June

Aeneas or Numa? Rethinking the Meaning of the Ara Pacis Augustae
For the modern world, the Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace) has come to symbolize the artistic, political, and social achievements of the early Roman Empire, just as the Parthenon at Athens has for Classical Greece.1 Constructed between 13...
Architecture's Place in Art History: Art or Adjunct?
In a community discussion of the look of Chicago led by a working group of three faculty and three visiting journalists from the University of Chicago's Franke Institute for the Humanities, W.J.T. Mitchell observed that he and his fellow faculty tend...
At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture
JAMES E. YOUNG At Memory's Edge. After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000. 256 pp.; 47 color ills., 56 b/w. $35.00 The study of memory is one of the most fashionable branches of scholarly...
Desire and Domestic Economy
Seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting, at its best, derives an unsettling power from its transfiguration of the commonplace.1 Subjects often banal in the extreme are removed from the ordinary context of experience and, perpetually fixed by the painter's...
Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism
T. J. CLARK Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1999. 451 pp.; 100 color ills., 152 b/w. $45.00 In the introduction to his always thoughtful and often moving Farewell to an Idea, T. J....
Ise Shrine and a Modernist Construction of Japanese Tradition
Today the Shinto shrines at Ise embody some of the most treasured aesthetic values associated with Japan (Fig. 1).1 The image of stout columns of unfinished cypress, standing in a court of white pebbles and sheltered by a dense cryptomeria forest, resonates...
Letters
I have just read and much admired Nancy Locke's learned and sensitive interpretation of Manet's Burial ["Unfinished Homage: Manet's Burial and Baudelaire, the Art Bulletin, March 2000]. I was somewhat baffled, however, by the fact that she did not seem...
On Carolingian Book Painters: The Ottoboni Gospels and Its Transfiguration Master
Although Jan Steen is a famously funny painter, the only picture in the splendid exhibition of his work at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., that caused me to laugh aloud was the self-portrait of 1670 (Fig. 1).1 On first viewing it, I did...
Renaissance Self-Portraiture: The Visual Construction of Identity and the Social Status of the Artist
JOANNA WOODS-MARSDEN Renaissance Self-Portraiture: The Visual Construction of Identity and the Social Status of the Artist New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998. 295 pp.; 57 color ills., 110 b/w. $60.00 One's first reaction to this book's title is likely...
The City's New Clothes: Ambrogio Lorenzetti and the Poetics of Peace
The pain that nevertheless remains bears witness to ... the experience of having been able to exist for, through, with another mind. When one dreams of a happy, harmonious, utopian society, one imagines it built on love, since love exalts me at the same...
The Florentine Tondo / "Cassone" Painting, Humanism, and Gender in Early Modern Italy
ROBERTA OLSON The Florentine Tondo Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. 408 pp.; 12 color ills., 297 b/w. $145.00 CRISTELLE BASKINS "Cassone Painting, Humanism, and Gender in Early Modern Italy, Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism Cambridge:...
The Visual and the Visionary: Art and Female Spirituality in Late Medieval Germany
JEFFREY F. HAMBURGER The Visual and the Visionary: Art and Female Spirituality in Late Medieval Germany New York: Zone Books, 1998. 608 pp., 5 color ills., 241 b/w. $45.00 Following The Rothschild Canticles and Nuns as Artists (1997), Jeffrey Hamburger...