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. 95, No. 2, June

An ÉMigré Art Historian and America: H. W. Janson
In late summer 1935, Horst Woldemar Janson - twenty-one years old and a student of art history at the University of Hamburg - left Germany for the United States.1 The award of a one-year German-American exchange fellowship at Harvard University enabled...
Fantasies and Foreign Contact in the Art History of Japan: Timon Screech in Conversation with Yukio Lippit
Yukio Lippit: Your most recent publication, Obtaining Images, is a sustained study of how pictures - both paintings and prints - generated meaning in Japan's Edo period (1600 to 1868). ' It reads as a sophisticated primer for the art of this era and...
From Print to Trace: An Ottoman Imperial Portrait Book and Its Western European Models
The oil portrait of the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II (r. 144446, 1451-81) painted by the Venetian Gentile Bellini while he was at the sultan's court in the late 1470s (Fig. 1) and the jewel-etudded gold ceremonial helmet made for Sultan Süleyman (r. 1520-66)...
Henry Raeburn's Portraits of Distant Sons in the Global British Empire
The delineation of likeness and its subsequent recognition in represented lineaments figure prominently in critiques of die production and consumption of historical portraiture. Whereas the artist seeks to capture a living presence that is simultaneously...
Martin Meurisse's Theater of Natural Philosophy
The Hungarian travel writer Márton Szepsi Csombor (15941623) arrived in Paris in May 1618 and immediately went in search of the Franciscan philosopher Martin Meurisse (15841644). Csombor, whose 1620 book Europica varietas chronicles his voyages throughout...
NOTES FROM THE FIELD: Mimesis
Dexter DalwoodIn his studio in Nice in the 1930s Henri Matisse kept a reproduction of Antonio Pollaiuolo's Hercules and Antaeus (Fig. 1), an image he "drew and redrew over the next few years when he felt himself under attack from all directions."1 What...
Regarding Art and Art History
As a Pre-Columbianist of some vintage, I find it difficult to say anything definitive about art and art history. Like academics working in other fields who came late to the art historical table, Pre-Columbianists know that definitions of what is and...
The Brush and the Pen: Odilon Redon and Literature/Aesthetic Rivalries: Word and Image in France, 1880-1926/the Book as Instrument: Stéphane Mallarmé the Artist's Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture
DARIO GAMBONI The Brush and the Pen: Odilon Redon and Literature Trans. Mary Whittall Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. 422 pp.; 94 b/w ills. $65.00LINDA GODDARD Aesthetic Rivaines: Word and Image in France, 1880-1926Bern: Peter Lang, 2012....
The Cultural Politics of the Brushstroke
In Identity and Violence Amartya Sen observed, "A major source of potential conflict in the contemporary world is the presumption that people can be uniquely categorized based on religion or culture."1 The book in fact documents some of the unspeakable...
The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists
MARY JANE JACOB AND MICHELLE GRABNER, EDS. The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 328 pp.; 69 b/w ills. $73.00; $35.00 (paper); $7.00-$21.00 (e-book)In "The Function of the Studio" (1971), conceptual artist...
Vigilant Things: On Thieves, Yoruba Anti-Aesthetics, and the Fates of Ordinary Objects in Nigeria
DAVID T. DORIS Vigilant Things: On Thieves, Yoruba Anti-Aesthetics, and the Fates of Ordinary Objects in Nigeria Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011. 420 pp., 78 color ills., 12 b/w. $60.00What began for David Doris as a graduate student "in...