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. 85, No. 1, March

Art and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century France: The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau
GREG M. THOMASArt and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century France: The Landscapes of Theodore RousseauPrinceton: Princeton University Press, 2000. 285 pp.; 91 b/w ills. $62.50When a painter takes his easel, his paints, and his homemade lean-to and wanders through...
Finding Lost Antioch: Exhibition, Catalogue, Programs
Antioch: The Lost Ancient CityWorcester Art Museum, October 7, 2000-February 4, 2001, the Cleveland Museum of Art, March 18-June 3, 2001, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, September 16-December 30, 2001. Organized by Christine KondoleonChristine Kondoleon,...
Genji Goes West: The 1510 Genji Album and the Visualization of Court and Capital
The recently rediscovered album illustrating the Japanese eleventh-century courtly classic The Tale of Genji in the collection of the Harvard University Art Museums greatly enhances our understanding of elite literary and artistic culture in late medieval...
Into Thin Air: France, Germany, and the Invention of the Openwork Spire
In the early fourteenth century, builders in the Rhenish town of Freiburg im Breisgau achieved an architectural breakthrough by constructing the world's first openwork spire, a skeletal pyramid of iron-reinforced stone tracery that soars more than 350...
Michelangelo and the Reform of Art/Painting in Renaissance Florence, 1500-1550
ALEXANDER NAGELMichelangelo and the Reform of ArtCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 320 pp.; 105 b/w ills. $80.00DAVID FRANKLINPainting in Renaissance Florence, 1500-1550New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. 272 pp.; 80 color ills., 140 b/w....
Michelangelo's Dream
When Tummaso de' Cavalieri and Vittoria Colonna received one of Michelangelo's gift drawings, they were getting something novel. The highly finished drawing conceived as an end in itself and presented as a token of affection or esteem had no real precedent...
Narrating Animals on the Screen of the World
In many academic endeavors, textual evidence is decidedly and somewhat understandably privileged. Yet in historical studies that yield little or no extant textual material, we must turn to visual evidence. The careful "reading" of details can be especially...
Noguchi, Sculptural Abstraction, and the Politics of Japanese American Internment
In 1946, a little more than a year after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi was selected to participate in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art called Fourteen Americans....
Poussin's Esther before Ahasuerus: Beauty, Majesty, Bondage
While Esther before Ahasuerus (Fig. 1) is among Nicolas Poussin's last paintings devoted to staging a historical or biblical narrative, it has been relatively neglected in the literature.1 Instead, scholarship has focused on the innovative mythological...
Scenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843-1875/learning to Draw: Studies in the Cultural History of a Polite and Useful Art/Parallel Lines: Printmakers, Painters, and Photographers in Nineteenth-Century France
CAROL ARMSTRONGScenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843-1875Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1998. 572 pp.; 143 ills. $54.95ANN BERMINGHAMLearning to Draw: Studies in the Cultural History of a Polite and Useful ArtNew Haven: Yale University...
The Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935
WANDA M. CORNThe Great American Thing: Modern Art and National Identity, 1915-1935Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. 447 pp.; 138 color ills., 183 b/w. $65.00In 1876, Walt Whitman sent a special invitation to the Muse (the occasion was the...
The Mirage of Islamic Art: Reflections on the Study of an Unwieldy Field
When we started studying Islamic art some thirty years ago, there were no good introductory textbooks that undergraduates could read. When we started teaching the subject nearly a decade later, there were still none, and we had to make do with stacks...
Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art
DEBORA SILVERMANVan Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred ArtNew York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000. 576 pp., 147 color ills., 59 b/w. $60.00Although many writers on the life of Vincent van Gogh have commented on his religious background, the relationship...
Venice's Mediterranean Colonies: Architecture and Urbanism/Venice and the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture 1100-1500/global Interests: Renaissance Art between East and West/Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic Trade and Italian Art, 1300-1600
MARIA GEORGOPOULOUVenice's Mediterranean Colonies: Architecture and UrbanismCambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 383 pp.; 136 b/w ills. $80.00DEBORAH HOWARDVenice and the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture 1100-1500New...