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. 82, No. 3, September

Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger / Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz
MATTHEW BIRO Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. 327 pp.; 109 b/w ills. $79.95 LISA SALTZMAN Anselm Kiefer and Art after Auschwitz New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 186 pp.; 40 b/w...
Art and Commerce in Jacksonian America: The Steamboat Albany Collection
Systematically organized collections of contemporary art, unusual at any time, were especially rare in the United States in the early decades of the nineteenth century, when the new nation boasted few art collectors of any kind, even fewer professional...
Artemisia Gentileschi: Ten Years of Fact and Fiction
"I find myself with a female daughter and three other sons, and this daughter, as it pleased God, having been trained in the profession of painting, in three years has become so skilled that I dare say she has no equal today, for she has made works that...
Editor's Note
One Sunday morning, near the time of my election to this editorship, my Washington Post arrived with its book review section "in full color and in a cheerful new location," tucked inside the comics. An editorial valiantly hailed this production necessity...
Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America
SARAH BURNS Inventing the Modern Artist: Art and Culture in Gilded Age America New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. 392 pp.; 130 b/w ills.; $50 "Inventing": Sarah Burns uses the present participle to convey something more flexible than the abstract...
Landscapes of Indifference: Robert Smithson and John Lloyd Stephens in Yucatan
I actually value indifference. I think it's something that has aesthetic possibilities.--Robert Smithson, "What Is a Museum?" 1967(1) Robert Smithson and John Lloyd Stephens were both New Jersey-born residents of Manhattan, wherefrom each embarked on...
L'art De la Renaissance En France: L'invention Du Classicisme
HENRI ZERNER L'art de la Renaissance en France: L invention du classicisme Paris: Flammarion, 1996, 414 pp.; 459 color and b/w ills. 595 FF. In 1981 Andre Chastel declared, "No one in the world of scholarship would be able to draft an accurate survey...
Learned Reading, Vernacular Seeing: Jacques Daret's Presentation in the Temple
Soon after becoming abbot of the Benedictine abbey of St Vaast in Arras in 1428, Jean du Clercq commissioned for the chapel dedicated to Mary, behind the main altar in the choir of his abbey church of Notre-Dame, what is today the best documented of...
Letter
Comets and Altdorfer's Art This letter attempts to set the record straight regarding the conjecture that Albrecht Altdorfer represented two comets in his Crucifixion in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg (Larry Silver in his article "Na ture...
Mummies and Tombs: Turenne, Napoleon, and Death Ritual
In July 1793, the government of the new French Republic ordered the "tombs and mausoleums of the former kings" destroyed immediately to celebrate the first anniversary of the monarchy's overthrow (August 10).1 The largest repository, the royal basilica...
Painting in Bruges at the Close of the Middle Ages: Studies in Society and Visual Culture / Early Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces 1380-1550: Medieval Tastes and Mass Marketing / Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp
JEAN C. WILSON Painting in Bruges at the Close of the Middle Ages: Studies in Society and Visual Culture University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998, xvi, 256 pp.; 79 b/w ills. LYNN F. JACOBS Early Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces 1380-1550:...
Propaganda and Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US
Propaganda and Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US Zurich: Edition Stemmle, 1999. 224 pp.; 250 b/w ills. $55 Exhibition schedule: Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.July 3 to October 3, 1999; International Center of Photography,...
Spiritual Currents and Manifest Destiny in the Art of Hiram Powers
On completing the plaster model for his California (Fig. 1) in 1855, Hiram Powers (1805-1873) remarked to a prospective patron that he hoped his statue would be placed at the spot where gold had been initially discovered.1 The notion that Sutter's Mill...
The David Plates Revisited: Transforming the Secular in Early Byzantium
The set of nine early seventh-century silver plates known as the David Plates (Figs. 1-9) make regular appearances in most general surveys of the art of the early Byzantine period and are well known to students and specialists in the field alike.1 Since...
The "Makeup" of the Marquise: Boucher's Portrait of Pompadour at Her Toilette
It is true that this is makeup (un fard), but we should wish that all current paintings were made up in this way. We already know that all painting is only makeup, that it is part of its essence to deceive, and that the greatest deceiver in this art...
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention
DONALD ALBRECHT, ED. The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1997. 205 pp.; 243 ills., 165 color plates. $49.50 The history of modern industrial design seems to be enjoying a fresh lease on life. Almost everywhere...
Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus
LESLIE BRUBAKER Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 561 pp.; 177 b/w ills. $95 One of the art historian's greatest joys is spending large...