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. 84, No. 2, June

After Iconography and Iconoclasm: Current Research in Netherlandish Art, 1566-1700
Like so many fields of art history, the study of seventeenthcentury Netherlandish art was energized two decades ago by a new awareness that business as usual-Berensonian connoisseurship, Wolfflinian history of style, Panofskian iconography-would no longer...
Between Representations: The Historical and the Visionary in Chen Hongshou's Yaji
Some time between late 1646 and early 1647, Chen Hongshou (1598-1652) painted an unusual image of nine men gathered in a wooded close, their company undisturbed by the appearance of a bodhisattva (Figs. 1, 9). He presented the handscroll, now known as...
Changing Patterns of Divinity and Reform in the Late Northern Wei
As has frequently been noted, an abrupt change in the artistic rendering of Buddhist sculptural images in northern China occurred around the end of the fifth and the beginning of the sixth centuries of the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534). In the last...
Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300-1600
CARMEN C. BAMBACH Drawing and Painting in the Italian Renaissance Workshop: Theory and Practice, 1300-1600 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 548 pp., 14 color ills., 300 b/w. $125. In his fundamental study published in 1919, Joseph Meder described...
Hebrew Manuscript Painting in the Late Medieval Spain: Signs of a Culture in Transition
Two different worlds present themselves to the scholar of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts from Spain. Two distinct artistic idioms reflect the history of Spanish medieval Jewry, its cultural identities, its socioeconomic background, and its religious...
Images of Rape: The "Heroic" Tradition and Its Alternatives
DIANE WOLFTHAL Images of Rape.- The "Heroic" Tradition and Its Alternatives Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. 286 pp., 118 b/w ills. $74.95 Images of erotic domination and outright sexual violence hold an indisputably important and troubling...
Le Mythe Du Progres Artistique
OLGA HAZAN Le mythe du progres artistique Montreal: Les Presses de l'Universite de Montreal, 1999. 454 pp.; 15 color ills., 2 b/w. $34.95 (Canadian) paper. In 1936 Lionello Venturi, discussing "the historical-philological method of art history"that is,...
New Light on the Capponi Chapel in S. Felicita
Few Renaissance chapels have preoccupied modern scholars as much as the Capponi Chapel in the Florentine church of S. Felicita (Fig. 1). Seen today through the filter of many later modifications and revisions, the sober Brunelleschian architecture contains...
The Chapel of the Courtesan and the Quarrel of the Magdalens
When Raphael died in 1520, his workshop in Rome was jointly inherited by his two leading pupils, Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni. Among the numerous projects they undertook before Giulio's departure from Rome for Mantua in 1524 was the decoration...
The Intelligence of Art
THOMAS CROW The Intelligence of Art Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1999. 120 pp.; 12 color ills., 34 b/w. $34.95 The Intelligence of Art is the first publication of the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History at the University...
The Poetics of Portraiture in the Italian Renaissance
The Poetics of Portraiture in the Italian Renaissance Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. 258 pp., 69 b/w ills. $90.00 John Pope-Hennessy's reprise of his Mellon Lectures, The Portrait in the Renaissance (1963), tried to cover just about everything,...
The Sculptural Imagination: Figurative, Modernist, Minimalist
ALEX POTTS The Sculptural Imagination: Figurative, Modernist, Minimalist New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001. 432 pp.; 50 color ills., 115 b/w. $55.00 Nearly twenty years after controversy erupted over Richard Serra's Tilted Arc, sculpture would appear...
Thomas Cole's River in the Catskills as Antipastoral
The hurry noise & restlessness of Rail Road travelling with the consequent violence done to all the natural requirements of the body are anything but conducive to health of body or serenity of mind. The body is made to be merely a sort of Tender...