Journal of Art Historiography

Articles from No. 9, December

Aby Warburg's Pathosformel as Methodological Paradigm
IntroductionOver the past decade, the scholarly literature on Aby Warburg has exploded. Traditionally, he has been associated with the discipline of art history, recognized for his impact on other famous art historians like Erwin Panofsky or Ernst Gombrich....
Afro-Ghanaian Influences in Ghanaian Paintings
This paper investigates the culturally-inclusive philosophy of teaching modem art in Achimota School established in Accra, Ghana, in 1924, as a co-educational institution by James Emmanuel Kwegyir Aggrey (b. 1875 - d. 1927) one of the first members of...
Alois Riegl, 'Lovers of Art, Ancient and Modern'
Riegl as LecturerAlois Riegl (1858-1905) was the most influential of the Viennese art historians from the period when the discipline was being defined there as an academic subject. He should not require an introduction to the readers of these pages....
Antonio Ghini and Andrea Di Francesco Guardi: Two 15th-Century Tuscan Artists in the Service of Local Governments
Although the medieval and renaissance artist dwelled within a rigidly structured society whereby his life and work were strictly related to his affiliation to a guild, a confraternity, a political faction or some other form of corporate association that...
A Realist Theory of Art History
A realist theory of art history Review of: Ian Verstegen, A Realist Theory of Art History (Ontological Explorations), London and New York: Routledge 2013,192 pages, £89.72 hbk, ISBN-10: 0415531519, ISBN-13: 978-0415531511Anti-realism-the view that reality...
Art Is Not What You Think It Is (but We Can Approach It through the Art Matrix)
Art is not what you think it is (but we can approach it through the Art Matrix) Review of: Donald Preziosi and Claire Farago, Art is Not What You Think It Is. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.171 pp. ISBN-10:1405192402. ISBN-13: 978-1405192408.This slim volume...
A Troublesome 'Genre'? Histories, Definitions and Perceptions of Paintings of Everyday Life from Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland
In 1813 the Dublin-based artist Joseph Peacock (c.1783 - 1837) exhibited an expansive canvas entitled The Patron of the Seven Churches, on the Festival of St. Kevin, in the Vale of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow (fig. 1) at the Society of Artists of the City...
Beds and Thrones: The Reform of Aulic Space in Late Eighteenth-Century France
An advocate of pre-Revolutionary monarchy under the Restoration, the Countess de Genlis denounced the artificiality of Napoleonic court culture. She shunned its ludicrous protocol, so different from accepted ancien régime usage, and is said to have hinted...
'Cannon Fodder for Respectable Question Marks': Fritz Saxl and the History of the Warburg Library
'Cannon fodder for respectable question marks': Fritz Saxl and the history of the Warburg Library Review of: Dorothea McEwan, Fritz Saxl - Eine Biografie: Aby Warburgs Bibliothekar und Erster Direktor des Eondoner Warburg Institutes, Wien, Köln, Weimar:...
Confluence of Costume, Cartography and Early Modern European Chorography
IntroductionThe early modem era is a rich point of entry for questions regarding how Europeans understood a world affected by increased global travel and trade, an expansion that began in earnest during the sixteenth century.1 Costume imagery and maps...
Delacroix, Chenavard, and the End of History
Eugène Delacroix could never quite decide if he liked or disliked his fellow artist Paul Chenavard. His ambivalence is particularly evident in entries he made in his journal during the summer of 1853, when by chance he met Chenavard in Dieppe. After...
Domestic Utility and Useful Lines: Jean-Charles Krafft's and Thomas Hope's Outlines
The elegance of the outline, remarkable in these vases, the character of their distinguishing simplicity, but, above all, the genius, which must be supposed in the artists, who invented them and that strange variety of contours, soon create a desire...
Gaur as 'Monument': The Making of an Archive and Tropes of Memorializing
In his book The Ruins ofGour Henry Creighton, one of the first among a series of early English explorers to the site describes Gaur as 'an uninhabited waste', 'concealed in deep jungle, and situated in one of the least civilized districts of the Bengal...
History and the Historian of Classical Art
The study of classical art offers an interesting example of exclusions in the practice of art history.1 While the focus of this essay is the art of ancient Greece and Rome, those who deal with ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern art face many of the same...
'Hundreds of Eyes': Beyond Beholding in Riegl's 'Jakob Van Ruysdael' (1902)
Alois Riegl wrote nearly nothing about landscape painting; what he did has been assailed as mystical and oblique. The same might be said for his writing on the concept of Aufmerksamkeit, or attentiveness, which itself has come to generate a veritable...
Ideal and Material Ornament: Rethinking the 'Beginnings' and History of Art
The first lines of Johannes Ranke's 'The Beginnings of Art: Anthropological Contributions to the History of Ornament' of 1879 - from a lecture delivered at the Bavarian Applied Arts Society - beautifully capture many emerging directions in the study...
Images of Globalisation: Paris 1889
Images of Globalisation: Paris 1889 Review of Beat Wyss, Bilder von der Globalisierung. Die Weltausstellung von Paris 1889. Berlin: Insel Verlag, 2010,285 pp., 112 b. & w. illus., euro 49.90 hbk, ISBN 9783458174851In many respects this is an exemplary...
Introduction. Buildings and Objects: The Rococo and After
Buildings have always been in dialogue with objects, but modem historians have not always attended to their exchange. Art and architectural historians have been inclined to separate architecture from art and to downplay the significance of the socalled...
Introductory Essay: Writing Irish Art Histories
At the time of writing (September 2013), the gallery at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) on Dublin's Thomas Street is holding an exhibition titled 'more adventurous thinking...' This takes the form of artist Seamus Nolan's response to the...
John Hewitt: Creating a Canon of Ulster Art
In 1943 Northern Ireland was at war. For four years the population had weathered the hardships of rationing and evacuation. Yet war also brought a degree of prosperity to the Province's industrial economy and with the involvement in a global conflict...
John Smith, His Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters (1829-1842) and the 'Stigma of PICTURE DEALER'
I. IntroductionFrom today's point of view, the history of the catalogue raisonné, though multifaceted, emerges as a relatively coherent, self-contained process.1 When looked at from a greater distance, the making of this genre of art historical literature...
Locality, Nation and the 'Primitive' - Notions about the Identities of Late Medieval Non-Professional Wall Painters in Finnish Historiography from 1880 to 1940
In 1937 the Finnish art historian Ludvig Wennervirta suggested in his book Suomen keskiaikainen kirkkomaalaus (Medieval wall paintings in Finland) that the painters of the enigmatic and uncanny medieval murals in Maaria church were 'naturally made by...
Material Transformations: Thinking about Objects and Spaces at the Wieskirche
The materiality of architecture and the materiality of things have not long been closely linked in the scholarly imagination. Architecture, that largely permanent manipulation of space and the built environment, is in everything but the most abstract...
Medieval Women Are 'Good to Think' With
Medieval women are 'good to think' with Review of: Therese Martin, ed., Reassessing the Roles of Women as 'Makers' of Medieval Art and Architecture, Visualising the Middle Ages, volume 7,2 vols, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012,1,280 pp., 287 b&w illustrations,...
Performative Criticism: Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit
Samuel Beckett achieved worldwide recognition first as the playwright of Waiting for Godot by the mid-1950s, and the 1969 Nobel Prize for Literature secured his reputation as a novelist. It is less widely known that before this fame in other fields,...
Projecting the Future in German Art Historiography of the Nineteenth Century: Franz Kugler, Karl Schnaase, and Gottfried Semper
Hegel's provocative concept of the end of art - or, more precisely, of the retrospective character of art - has generated much reflection and controversy since the early nineteenth century. Most discussions of art's end take Hegel's philosophy as a starting...
Romantic Worldview as a Narcissistic Construct
.. .men of greatest genius, where they relinquish by principle the use of their reason, are only enabled by their vigor of the mind to work themselves the deeper into error and absurdity.2Richard Rorty once defined Romanticism as the thesis that 'what...
Styles of Renaissance, Renaissances of Style
Review of:L'idée du style dans l'historiographie artistique. Variantes nationales et transmissions, edited by Sabine Frommel and Antonio Brucculeri, Roma: Campisano Editore, 2012, 343 pp, 91 b & w ills., euro 40,00, ISBN 9788888168982.Was war Renaissance?...
Surrealism and Australia: Towards a World History of Surrealism
There have been over the past few decades several art shows dedicated to global aspects of well-known art movements. World Impressionism, Feminism and Conceptualism have all had their turn at being anthologised.1 But there has not been to our knowledge...
The Catalogues of the Orchard Gallery: A Contribution to Critical and Historical Discourses in Northern Ireland, 1978-2003
The Orchard Gallery opened in Derry in 1978. It was set up by Derry City Council, which appointed a then young artist and art teacher, Declan McGonagle, as its first exhibition director. The second largest city of Northern Ireland did not have any artistic...
The Irish Imagination 1971 - Stereotype or Strategy
Modernist criticism via Anglo-American channels came to the fore in writing on Irish art in the 1960s and 1970s. It offered an alternative to the deployment of nationalist rhetoric in assessing the value of visual art to Irish cultural life which had...
The 'Meidias' Hydria: A Visual and Textual Journey of a Greek Vase in the History of Art of Antiquity (C. 1770s-1840s)
The cultural history of artefacts is a rewarding field of enquiry for understanding the many different ways that certain objects have been seen and valued in the past by different people and for various reasons. Not least, these stories in all their...
The Rest Is Silence: The Senses of Roger Fry's Endings
Wherefore one cannot speak, thereof one must remain silent. (Ludgwig Wittgenstein)1Roger Fry's Bloomsbury's colleagues connected the English critic's judgments to different kinds of endings. In May 1937, three years after Fry's death, Qive Bell performed...
The Rigorous and the Vague: Aesthetics and Art History in Riegl, Wölfflin and Worringer
When, at the turn of the twentieth century, art history redefined itself as a science of art, it repudiated the metaphysical discourse that subordinated visual arts to a stable hierarchy of styles. In this paradigm, extending from Hegel to Schopenhauer...
The Scandinavian Report: Its Origins and Impact on the Kilkenny Design Workshops
The publication of Design in Ireland: Report of the Scandinavian Design Group in Ireland in 1962 has been described as providing the catalyst for change in the Irish state's approach to design.1 The Report was commissioned by Coras Tráchtála, the Irish...
Towards an 'Exakte Kunstwissenschaft'(?) A Report on Some Recent German Books on the Progress of Mid-19th Century Art History. Part I: Work by German Art Historians on Nineteenth Century Art-Historiography since 2000
Review of:Wojciech Baius and Joanna Wolariska, eds., Die Etablierung und Entwicklung der Kunstgeschichte in Deutschland, Polen und Mitteleuropa (establishing and developing the history of art in Germany, Poland and Central Europe; also a Polish title),...
Towards an 'Exakte Kunstwissenschaft'(?): Part II: The New German Art History in the Nineteenth Century: A Summary of Some Problems
The rhetoric of scientificness'Dem Kunsthistoriker kann niemand Vorarbeiten'.1 Anton Springer was not only an eminent academic art historian but also the master of a concise German prose. 'The art historian does not need anybody else to prepare the ground...
To What End? Eschatology in Art Historiography
By way of introduction to the following essays it will be worthwhile to consider how the theme of eschatology relates to the historiography of art history, and to outline a few of the varied ways in which these essays address this theme.1 To study eschatology...
Travelling Artists in Medieval and Renaissance Europe: An Introduction
This issue of the Journal of Art Historiography features a selection of papers that were presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians held at the Open University in Milton Keynes 29-31 March 2012.1 More specifically these...
Vasari's Vite and Italian Artists in Sixteenth-Century England
References to works of art or individuals traveling to England are found in Vasari's lives of Benedetto da Maiano, Pietro Torrigiani, Benedetto da Rovezzano, Girolamo da Treviso, Rosso Fiorentino, Perino del Vaga, Baccio Bandinelli, Bastiano ' Aristotile'...
What Has Become of the New Art History?
Are we currently living and operating in a period after the New Art History? Or is this project still underway? Is it just reaching its climax? Where can we (in various parts of Europe and the world) locate ourseves on this axis? These were the questions...
Winckelmann in Poland: An Eighteenth-Century Response to the 'History of the Art of Antiquity'
'It is not my intent either to be silent or to explicate broadly the works which made Winckelmann famous, for the world knows them enough; for the first among them will always be his history of art, a classic despite its shortcomings, because it pointed...
World Art Histories and the Cold War
Surveying the debates which have taken place over recent decades concerning the end of art or, respectively, the end of history, it is conspicuous that key contributions cluster around two points in time. In view of the eschatological import of these...
Writing the History of Modern Architecture after the Fall of the Iron Curtain
Writing the history of modem architecture after the fall of the Iron Curtain Review of: Hans Ibelings, European Architecture since 1890, Amsterdam: SUN, 2011, 236 pp., 735 col. illus. 38 EUR, ISBN 978 90 8506 8815It might appear that students of modem...
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