Journal of Art Historiography

Articles from No. 7, December

Aby Warburg, Images and Exhibitions
Aby Warburg, Images and Exhibitions Review of: Aby Warburg, Bilderreihen und Ausstellungen edited by Uwe Fleckner and Isabelle Woldt, Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2012. 470 pp. ISBN: 978-3-05- 004268-8. 248 EurosAs Aby Warburg has become the object of increasing...
'A Heuristic Event': Reconsidering the Problem of the Johnsian Conversation
Does it mean anything?-Leo Steinberg, 'Jasper Johns: the First Seven Years of His Art', 1962It is one of the great idées reçues in the history of contemporary art that Jasper Johns is difficult to interview. Despite his otherwise affable rapport, he...
Alexander Conze, 'Greek Relief Sculpture'
Editor's introduction: Alexander Conze: The Bureaucrat and Art- HistoriographyLike a number of his colleagues, Alexander Conze (Hanover December 10,1831- Berlin July 19,1914), came to classical archaeology after first studying law. His interests and...
Alexander Conze, on the Origin of the Visual Arts, Lecture Held on July 30, 1896 [in the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences]
Editor's introduction: Alexander Conze: The Bureaucrat and Art- HistoriographyLike a number of his colleagues, Alexander Conze (Hanover December 10,1831- Berlin July 19,1914), came to classical archaeology after first studying law. His interests and...
Archaeological, Art-Historical, and Artistic Approaches to Classical Antiquity
Archaeological, art-historical, and artistic approaches to classical antiquity Review of: Viccy Coltman (ed.), Making Sense of Greek Art, Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2012, xxii + 250 pp., 4 col. Plates, 65 b. & w. illus., £60.00 hdbk, ISBN...
Art History in the University II: Ernst Guhl
This essay continues the examination, begun in volume five of this journal, of the training, appointment, and teaching careers of nineteenth-century art historians at the Friedrich-Wilhelms University in Berlin.1 It focuses on Ernst Guhl (1819-1862),...
'A Special Place at a Special Time': Françoise Henry's Diaries on Inishkea North (Ireland)
? special place at a special time': Françoise Henry's diaries on Inishkea North (Ireland) Review of: Janet T. Marquardt (ed.), Françoise Henry in Co. Mayo. The Inishkea Journals, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012, 176 pp., 14 col. plates, 83 b. & w....
Carl Justi: Modern Errors
Carl Justi: Modern Errors Review of: Carl Justi. Moderne Irrtümer, Briefe und Aphorismen, edited with introduction and commentary by Johannes Roß 1er, Matthes & Seitz, Berlin, 2012 (© 2011), ISBN 978-3-88221-863-3, 590 pp., 8 black/white images.By...
Constructing African Art Histories for the Lagoons of Côte d'Ivoire
Constructing African Art Histories for the Lagoons of Côte d'Ivoire Review of: Monica Blackmun Visona, Constructing African Art Histories for the Lagoons of Côte d'Ivoire, Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2010, 216...
Czech Art History and Marxism
Czech art history after the Second World War was pursued in a state dominated by Soviet power and as such it presents a prominent example of the coexisting synergy and conflict between the Vienna School and Marxism. Research into this relationship may...
Disegno versus Disegno Stampato: Printmaking Theory in Vasari's Vite (1550-1568) in the Context of the Theory of Disegno and the Libro De' Disegni
On the back of a letter he had received from Cosimo Bartoli in 1564, Giorgio Vasari compiled a list of ten enhancements to be made to the second edition of Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori, which was published four years later...
Ernst Gombrich and Western Representations of the Sacred Art of India
It is indeed an honour for me to address you tonight at the University of Vienna, the very university that nurtured my teacher and mentor, Ernst Gombrich. He enrolled at the University to research under the quiet, meditative scholar Julius von Schlosser,...
Exhibiting Western Desert Aboriginal Painting in Australia's Public Galleries: An Institutional Analysis, 1981-2002
IntroductionContemporary Aboriginal art, and the Western Desert painting movement in particular, now occupies a central position in the story of Australian art history. However, despite this recognition, Western Desert painting was slow to receive widespread...
Formalism in the First Half of the Twentieth Century: 'Pure Science' or a Case of Effective Rhetoric?
Formalism in the first half of the twentieth century: 'pure science' or a case of effective rhetoric? Review of: German Art History and Scientific Thought - Beyond Formalism, edited by Mitchell B. Frank and Daniel Adler, Surrey / Burlington: Ash gate,...
From Ringbom to Ringbom: The Art of Art History of Lars-Ivar Ringbom and Sixten Ringbom: A Mythmaker and a Myth-Breaker in ÅBo, Finland
In 1935 Ludwig Klages, a renowned German graphologist and a Seelenforscher1 made a lecture tour in the Scandinavian countries. During this trip he visited the Finnish city of Abo, where he met for the first time Lars-Ivar Ringbom, art historian and docent...
Interrogating Interiors
Interrogating interiors Review of: Denise Amy Baxter and Meredith Martin (eds), Architectural space in eighteenth- century Europe: Constructing identities and interiors Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2010, 267 pp., 51 b. & w. illus.,...
Islamic Architecture as a Field of Historical Enquiry
For many years, Islamic architecture, as a field of historical enquiry, was hampered by Its Orientalist roots. Architectural forms were classified by types and styles, and perceived as sedate, static and unevolvlng. Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor...
Just What Is It That Makes English Artwriting So Different, So Appealing?
Just what is it that makes English artwriting so different, so appealing? Review of: Mark A. Cheetham, Artwriting, Nation, and Cosmopolitanism in Britain: The 'Englishness' of English Art Theory since the Eighteenth Century, Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate,...
Location and the Experience of Early Netherlandish Art
In one of the signature moments of The Limezoood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany (1980), Michael Baxandall described the impact of the sun's movement across Tilman Riemenschneider's Holy Blood Altarpiece in the church of St. James, Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber...
Making and Matching: Aesthetic Judgement and Art Historical Knowledge1
IntroductionErnst Gombrich once likened the field of art history to Caesar's Gaul, that is: 'divided into three parts inhabited by three different, though not necessarily hostile tribes: the connoisseurs, the critics and the academic art historians.'2...
Making and Seeing: Matisse and the Understanding of Kuba Pattern.1
A new icon has entered the public domain in Britain as a result of the development of late twentieth century communication technologies. Some British railway companies now use a black and white image to indicate that you are travelling in a coach where...
Medieval Art Studies in the Republic of Letters: Mabillon and Montfaucon's Italian Connections between Travel and Learned Collaborations1
IntroductionBetween 1685 and 1701 the Italian establishment was shaken by visits to the Peninsula of two leading figures in medieval studies: Jean Mabillon and Bernard de Montfaucon. Although Italian scholars were not new to the principles of historical...
Meyer Schapiro on Style in Art and Science: Notes from a Theory and Methods of Art History Graduate Seminar Lecture Course, Columbia University, New York, 1973
IntroductionWhy present this material now, nearly forty years after the fact? Indeed, why make available what is after all simply a set of lecture notes, one amongst the many taken by the hundreds who heard Meyer Schapiro lecture on these topics over...
Ornament and Object-Ornament as Object
Ornament and object-ornament as object Review of: Alina Payne, From Ornament to Object: Genealogies of Architectural Modernity, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012, 360 pages, 62 color + 108 b/w illus, ISBN: 9780300175332, Cloth: $65.00During...
Part of the Series 'Dialogues on Contemporary Issues' Hosted by the British Psycho-Analytical Society in the Summer Term of 1988
Speakers:Professor Joseph SandlerProfessor Sir Ernst GombrichSandler I suppose I ought to ask if you are all sitting comfortably, then we can begin. The arrangement today is rather different from the arrangements in the previous Dialogues, in that, in...
Picturing Pollock: Photography's Challenge to the Historiography of Abstract Expressionism
Painting in CrisisAs Jackson Pollock prepared for his 1950 winter exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York, the show that would introduce what have become the iconic drip paintings: Lavender Mist: Number 1,1950 (1950), Autumn Rhythm: Number...
Restoring Charlemagne's Chapel: Historical Consciousness, Material Culture, and Transforming Images of Aachen in the 1840s
In his article of 1840, 'Ueber die Karolingische Kaiser-Kapelle zu Aachen', Franz Mertens lamented the chapel's current state as a 'mutilated representation', and asserted that 'As a consequence of all the changes during its thousand-year existence,...
Riegl on the Baroque
Riegl on the Baroque Review of: Alois Riegl: The Origins of Baroque Art in Rome. Edited and Translated by Andrew Hopkins and Arnold Witte. Essays by Alina Payne, Arnold Witte, and Andrew Hopkins, Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute 2010 (Texts &...
The Beginnings of the "Cracow School of Art History"
The term "school" is used here to characterise a strong institutionality of the academic/scien- tific pursuit of the subject. It applies, in my view, most strongly to the ways in which art history has been pursued in Poland, especially in post WWII Poland....
The Importance of Being Ernst: A Reassessment of E.H. Gombrich's Relationship with Psychoanalysis
Introduction - discussing mythErnst Gombrich is unquestionably a cultural giant of the twentieth century, whose prolific career spans seventy years of scholarship. The sheer wealth of work he produced presents both a rich intellectual legacy, and a methodological...
Theory, Method, & the Future of Pre-Columbian Art History
Introduction of the sessionCecelia F. Klein-Professor Emérita, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, has taught and written about Pre-Columbian art history since 1972, when she began her teaching career at Oakland University...
The 'Second' Vienna School as Social Science
Although the notion of a Kunstwollen excited the likes of Walter Benjamin and Karl Mannheim, most effort has not been spent on putting it to use but rather contextualizing and historicizing it. When Otto Pächt treated the concept in his celebrated article...
Transforming the 'Unimaginative and Literal' into an Art for the Nation: Writing and Exhibiting New Zealand's Art History in the Twentieth Century
On the 1 August 1936, New Zealand's first state-supported art institution, the National Art Gallery, opened in Buckle St, Wellington, upstairs from the Dominion Museum in new, purpose-built premises. This belated and much anticipated event occurred just...
Unexpected Turns: The Aesthetic, the Pathetic and the Adversarial in the Long Durée of Art's Histories
Part IIn the autumn of 20111 had the privilege of being a Getty Visiting Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The JNU's graduate programme is surprisingly one of the very few in art history in the whole of India. There are less than...
Virtual Pilgrimages in the Convent
Virtual Pilgrimages in the Convent Review of: Kathryn M. Rudy, Virtual Pilgrimages in the Convent. Imagining Jerusalem in the Late Middle Ages (Disciplina Monastica. Studies on Medieval Monastic Life 8), Turnhout: Brepols, 2011, 475 pp., XIV colour plates,...
Welcome to the Revolution: The Sensory Turn and Art History
'Fine artists, and those given to enjoyment and criticism of visual arts ... are seen as exponents of the trained eye. They ... pretend to know how to look, and how to draw the highest semiological and visual satisfaction from that looking. Their total...
When Sculpture Became More Than 'Something You Bump into When You Back Up to Look at a Painting'
When sculpture became more than 'something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting' Review of: Christopher R. Marshall (ed.), Sculpture and the Museum, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2011, 265 pp., 63 b. & w. illus., £55.00, hdbk,...
Wölfflin, Architecture and the Problem of Stilwandlung1
In his Space, Time and Architecture (published in 1941 but read as the Norton Lectures in 1938/39 at Harvard) Sigfried Giedion developed what was to become the orthodoxy of modernist architecture.2 What he was looking for, he claimed in the introduction,...
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