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. 88, No. 4, December

A Point "Ceaselessly Pushed Back": The Origin of Early Netherlandish Painting
When the Greek patriarch Gregory Melissenos visited Florence in 1438 for the Council of Ferrara-Florence, he had this response to the images he saw: "When I enter a Latin church, I can pray to none of the saints depicted there because I recognize none...
Building Churches in Armenia: Art at the Borders of Empire and the Edge of the Canon
Between the index entries for "Aries" and "arms and armor" in most general studies of medieval art is a thin rectangle of white space. For those seeking "Armenia," this interval is as familiar as it is bleak, for the cultures of the Transcaucasus typically...
Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s
PAMELA M. LEE Chronophobia: On Time in the Art of the 1960s Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2004. 368 pp.; 66 b/w ills. $34.95; $22.95 paperThe emergence of contemporary art history is a relatively recent phenomenon. It was not so long ago that tenure-track...
Framing St. Peter's: Urban Planning in Fascist Rome
The Via della Conciliazione in Rome is the thoroughfare that leads to St. Peter's basilica in Rome (Fig. 1). The construction of the "Street of the Reconciliation," which entailed gutting the medieval neighborhood in front of the Vatican known as the...
Lesser Brothers: Franciscan Mission and Identity at Assisi
The brilliant mastery of the artist dubbed the Isaac Master has led numerous scholars to speculate on his identity and assess his impact on the development of art in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. Few, however, have questioned the thematic significance...
The Domenichino Affair: Novelty, Imitation, and Theft in Seventeenth-Century Rome
ELIZABETH CROPPER The Domenichino Affair: Novelty, Imitation, and Theft in Seventeenth-Century Rome New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 266 pp.; 10 color ills., 70 b/w. $50.00In the mid-1620s, the story goes, the simmering rivalry between the two...
Théophile Silvestre's Histoire Des Artistes Vivants: Art Criticism and Photography
In its ambition and its novelty, Théophile Silvestre's Histoire des artistes vivants français et étrangers: Études d'après nature was arguably the most important large-scale project of contemporary art critical biography of the nineteenth century (Fig....
The Performative Icon
(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes formulae omitted.)(ProQuest Information and Learning: ... denotes "strike-through" in the original text omitted.)Icon (ikon, ...) in Greek is understood as image, representation, and portrait. In Byzantium...
Titian and Tragic Painting: Aristotle's Poetics and the Rise of the Modern Artist
THOMAS PUTTFARKENTitian and Tragic Painting: Aristotle's Poetics and the Rise of the Modern Artist New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. 256 pp.; 20 color ills, and 65 b/w. $50.00It's impossible to overestimate the importance of Aristotle's Poetics...