Journal of Art Historiography

Articles from No. 11, December

Aby Warburg, Homo Victor*
Aby Warburg has been mostly misunderstood by the British hosts of his library. This essay will suggest that this misunderstanding has itself been misunderstood.But first I wish to say something about art history's ancestor cult. The modern academic discipline...
After Burckhardt and Wölfflin; Was There a Basel School of Art History?
For Linda Seidel in admiration and friendshipWhen I first came to Boston University in 1966, at 26 years of age, fresh from Basel University with a Dr. phil. in Medieval Art History, Classical Archaeology, and Church History, and a dissertation on Italian...
A Monumental Step for Riegl and Schlosser in France
A monumental step for Riegl and Schlosser in France Review of: Alois Riegl, Christopher S. Wood, Emmanuel Alloa, L'industrie d'art romaine tardive, trans. Marielène Weber, Sophie Yersin Legrand, Paris: Éditions Macula 2014, 476 pp., 23 col. plates, 126...
Antiquity in Weimar
Antiquity in Weimar Review of: Martin Don ike, Alter tumskundliches Wissen in Weimar. Transformationen der Antike, Bd 25. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2013. vi, 515 p., $112.00, ISBN 9783110313826Altertumskundliches Wissen in Weimar contains various sections...
Art, Production and Market Conditions Gottfried Semper's Historical Perspective on Commodities and the Role of Museums
When the Great Exhibition of 1851 opened its gates, many contemporary commentators extolled this 'industrial exhibition of all nations in the capital of world economy' as 'a decisive event in the cultural history of mankind'. They praised the exhibition...
A Tesoro De la Lengua Castellana O Español Version 2.0
A Tesoro de la Lengua Castellana o Español Version 2.0 Review of: Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, edited by Evonne Levy and Kenneth Mills, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013, pp., 91 b. & w. illus.,...
A Timeless Grammar of Iconoclasm?1
A Timeless Grammar of Iconoclasm?1 Kristine Kolrud and Marina Prusac (eds), Iconoclasm From Antiquity to Modernity, Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, 248 pages, 29 b&w illustrations, hardback, ISBN 978-1-4094-7033-5, £60.00Iconoclasm from Antiquity to Modernity...
Authenticity on Display
Authenticity on display Review of: Can Bilsel, Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin's Pergamon Museum, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 304 pp., 8 col. plates, 99 b & w illus., £74.00 hdbk, ISBN 9780199570553Since the Renaissance,...
Beyond Terminology, or, the Limits of 'Decorative Arts'
George Kubler invites the reader to imagine a unified approach to the study of things in the first lines of his classic The Shape of Time, published in 1962: 'Let us suppose that the idea of art can be expanded to embrace the whole range of man- made...
Beyond 'The Two Art Histories'
In 1999 I organised a two-day conference, 'The Two Art Histories: The Museum and the University,' held at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The published papers, which appeared in book form in 2002, generated considerable interest,...
Breaking the Shell of the Humanist Egg: Kenneth Clark's University of London Lectures on German Art Historians1
When Kenneth Clark (1903-1983) delivered a set of two lectures at London University some time in 1930 an interesting confluence of art historiographical currents occurred. It provided an opportunity not only for a select university audience to hear about...
China: The Empire of Things
China: the empire of things Review of: Jason Stauber and Nick Pearce, Original Intentions: Essays on the Production, Reproduction, and Interpretation in the Arts of China, Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press 2012, 302 pages, £48.95, ISBN: 9780813039725There...
Concepts of Creation: Historiography and Design in Gottfried Semper
In the 'Prolegomena' to Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts, Gottfried Semper expressed what had motivated him to undertake his wide-ranging studies of art history and cultural history. For him - as an architect who came from the practical field...
Cultural Encounters: Western Scholarship and Fang Statuary from Equatorial Africa
In this inaugural address, delivered on the acceptance of an extraordinary professorship at Tilburg University, Netherlands, in 2011, Wilfried van Damme examines three approaches that have been characteristically applied within the Western anthropology...
Friedrich Sarre and the Discovery of Seljuk Anatolia
The German art historian Friedrich Sarre (1865-1945) is well known for his role in the excavations of the Abbasid palaces of Samarra (Iraq) from 1911-13, which he directed together with Ernst Herzfeld (1879-1948), and as the director of the Islamic collection...
From Minor to Major: The Minor Arts in Medieval Art History
From minor to major: the minor arts in medieval art history Review of: From Minor to Major: The Minor Arts in Medieval Art History, edited by Colum Hourihane, Princeton: Index of Christian Art, 2012, 336pp., 257 col. plates, 42 b. & w. illus., £00.00...
Giovanni Morelli and His Friend Giorgione: Connoisseurship, Science and Irony
Giovanni Morelli (1816-1891), the nineteenth-century politician and connoisseur, is famous as the inventor of scientific connoisseurship. This reputation was validated by his 1880 attribution of the Dresden Sleeping Venus (Fig.1), which he gave to the...
Historical Narratives and Historical Desires: Re-Evaluating American Art Criticism of the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Historical narratives and historical desires: re-evaluating American art criticism of the mid-nineteenth century Karen Georgi, Critical Shift: Rereading Jarves, Cook, Stillman, and the Narratives of Nineteenth-Century American Art, The Pennsylvania State...
How the Museum of Modern Art in New York Canonised German Expressionism
This paper will consider why and how the negative attitude towards German Expressionism in the USA changed abruptly in the second half of the 1930s.1 Alfred H. Barr Jr., the director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) at that time, played...
How the West Was Won: Charles Muskavitch, James Roth, and the Arrival of 'Scientific' Art Conservation in the Western United States1
For various reasons, the history of art conservation in the United States has yet to receive systematic study as a whole.2 Nearly everything published to date has focused on the major figures and institutions of the Northeast.3 In contrast, the history...
Interpretative Ingredients: Formulating Art and Natural History in Early Modern Brazil
IntroductionIn this article I look at two early modern texts that pertain to the natural history of Brazil and its usage for medicinal purposes. These texts present an informative contrast in terms of information density and organization, raising important...
Inventories, Catalogues and Art Historiography: Exploring Lists against the Grain
IntroductionThis special section of the Journal of Art Historiography aims to expand upon scholarly approaches to inventories and catalogues by exploring the multi-faceted nature of these texts as narratives and as material objects.1 Catalogues and inventories...
Juan Alberto Kurz Muñoz and His Academic Contribution to the Study of the History of Russian Art
'As a matter of fact, everything is clear. World history is a world court of judgement'. N.I. Bukharin.These pages are dedicated to Professor Juan Alberto Kurz, teacher at the Department of History of Art of the University of Valencia. This article recounts...
Lajos Fülep: The Task of Hungarian Art History (1951)
Introduction: Lajos Fülep and Hungarian artLajos Fülep (1885-1970), arguably the most influential Hungarian art historian and theorist of the 20th century, only became part of the institutional framework in his sixties, after publishing many of his major...
Listening to Objects: An Ecological Approach to the Decorative Arts
IntroductionInspired by recent work on ecology and the environment, this study proposes an intervention in the way that scholars encounter, understand, and study what has come to be called the decorative arts in the discipline of art history.1 The laboratory...
Looking for Civilisation, Discovering Clark
Looking for Civilisation, Discovering Clark Review of: 'Kenneth Clark - Looking for Civilisation', An Exhibition at Tate Britain, 20 May - 10 August 2014As the push for blockbuster shows and record-breaking audiences exerts ever greater pressure upon...
Meaningful, Entertaining, Popular and 'Bavarian': Art into Design in Nineteenth Century Munich
IntroductionThe long trajectory of this article is a set of designs which some Munich artists created during the second half of the nineteenth century and which carry the adjective Bavarian. By extension, the adjective is also used for all other artefacts...
Medieval Pilgrims' Badges in Rivers: The Curious History of a Non-Theory
In enclosed social circles, a rumour can achieve the status of fact, especially if it provides a bit of exotic colour. The same thing can happen in scholarship, as a possibility is repeated as a suggestion, then as an assertion, until it takes on the...
'Ornamental Design Is. a Kind of Practical Science' Theories of Ornament at the London School of Design and Department of Science and Art1
'When Semper came to England he fell in with the wrong people' - wrote Joseph Rykwert in his commentary to Semper's first public lecture delivered at the Metropolitan School of Design in Marlborough House.2 The 'wrong people' implied those associated...
Re-Approaching the Western Medieval Church Treasury Inventory, C. 800-1250
IntroductionAs a typical example of an early medieval church treasury inventory, consider the following from the Benedictine abbey at Kremsmünster, drawn up c. 1013 under Abbot Sigimar and recorded in a late Carolingian evangeliary at the abbey:The treasury...
Redefining Ceramics through Exhibitionary Practice (1970-2009)*
When the Craftsmen Potters' Association launched its magazine Ceramic Review in 1970 it selected a title that accommodated forms of practice that stood outside of the studio pottery tradition as well as within it. The magazine's content was focused on...
Rethinking Inventories in the Digital Age: The Case of the Old Bailey
IntroductionIn late July 1751 John Fling was living in rented accommodation in Stonecutter Street, just off Fleet Market in central London. It was a poor street, and he was a poor man.1 But his fellow lodger, Daniel O'Larry, was not so poor. Among O'Larry's...
Retrieving an Archive: Brook Andrew and William Blandowski's Australien in 142 Photographischen Abbildungen
Contemporary Australian artist Brook Andrew reinterpreted six images from a colonial archive compiled by a Prussian geologist and naturalist, William Blandowski (1822-78), in his 2008 series The Island, transforming the original pictures in size and...
Riegl and 'Objective Aesthetics'
Alois Riegl is well known to the readers of the present journal for having provided the basis of an art-historical approach independent of the other historical disciplines and of pseudo-science. Readers today often have difficulties in understanding...
Scholarship and Empire
Scholarship and Empire Review of: Matthew Rampley, The Vienna School of Art History: Empire and the Politics of Scholarship, 1847-1918, University Park: Penn State Press, 2013, 296 pp., $89.95 hdbk, ISBN 9780271061580.The Habsburg monarchy administered...
Seeking Modernity through the Romanesque: G. G. King and E. H. Lowber Behind a Camera in Spain C. 1910-25
In the fall of 1965, enrolled in the doctoral program in Fine Arts at Harvard University, I audited Linda Seidel's course in Medieval Art.1 We were about the same age but Seidel already had a reputation as an inspiring teacher and original thinker.2...
Selling Pictures: The Illustrated Auction Catalogue
Although the text of auction catalogues has garnered the attention of scholars examining the evolving use of descriptive language and connoisseurial expertise, the inclusion of illustrations - the types of reproductions used and under what circumstances...
The 1902 Exhibition, Les Primitifs Flamands: Scholarly Fallout and Art Historical Reflections
At the time of the symposium honouring Linda Seidel, I remarked that my participation had its raison d'être in being the person there to have known her the longest, indeed from the very beginning of our graduate studies at Harvard.1 Looking back on those...
The 19th-Century Construction of the Renaissance
The 19th-century construction of the Renaissance Review of: Katherine Wheeler, Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture, Farnham England and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2014, 194 pp, 19 b. & w. illus., £60.00/$104.95 hdbk, ISBN 978-1472418821By...
The Blot on the Landscape: Fred Williams and Australian Art History
There is a blot on the Australian landscape. It has been there for a long time, but its existence only really became apparent with a defining shift in Australian art historiography which occurred with Bernard Smith's 1980 Boyer Lecture series, The Spectre...
The Canon of the Author. on Individual and Shared Authorship in Exhibition Curating*
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)All the participating artists were named by the different curators, but chosen by collective decisions and of course Harry Szeemann was the moderator-in-chief. The choice of a general secretary had become...
The Collected Past
The collected past Review of: Stefanie Gänger, Relics of the Past. The Collecting and Study of Pre-Columbian Antiquities in Peru and Chile, 1837-1911, Oxford University Press. Oxford. 311 pp. + 20 ill. £65. ISBN-10: 0199687692, ISBN-13: 978-0199687695The...
The Decorative Arts within Art Historical Discourse: Where Is the Dialogue Now and Where Is It Heading?
This Introduction and the two contributions that follow grew out of a panel with the same title that Christina Anderson and Catherine Futter organised for the College Art Association (CAA) annual meeting in New York in 2013. Anderson is a research consultant...
The Grand Dukes and Their Inventories: Administering Possessions and Defining Value at the Medici Court
Inventories of the property of early modern ruling families often stand out as exceptional when compared to those that come from the lower ranks, which constitute the majority of the archival record. In relation to the mass of inventories compiled in...
The Originality of Kaschnitz
Classical archaeology is a field associated more with incremental additions and emendations to a nearly universally known corpus of art and architecture than with bold flights of original thought. At the very least, Guido Kaschnitz made a mark in this...
The Persistence of Nationalism
The Persistence of Nationalism Review of: Michela Passini, La fabrique de Vart national: Le nationalisme et les origins de l'histoire de l'art en France et en Allemagne 1870-1933. Paris, Maisons des sciences de l'homme, 2012, euro48.00, xx + 333 pp.,...
The Prehistory of Asian Collections in Paris
The prehistory of Asian collections in Paris Review of Ting Chang Travel, Collecting, and Museums of Asian Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris, Aldershot: Ashgate 2013, 210 pp., £60.00, ISBN-10: 409437760, ISBN-13: 978-1409437765Ting Chang introduces Travel,...
The Vienna School and Central European Art History
The Vienna school and Central European art historyReview of:Jan Bakos, Discourses and strategies: the role of the Vienna School in shaping central European approaches to art history f related discourses, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013. (Slovak Academy...
The Warburg/Arnheim Effect: Linking the Cultural/social and Perceptual Psychology of Art
Aby Warburg and Rudolf Arnheim make for rather improbable bedfellows, at least in the light of historical evidence, which does not suggest any explicit link between the two of them.1 In 1923, nineteen-year-old Rudolf Arnheim enrolled at Friedrich- Wilhelms...
The Weight of Plate in Early Modern Inventories and Secularization Lists
IntroductionIn April 1529, in response to their community's transition to the Protestant confession, members of the government in Bern, Switzerland, compiled a list of precious metalwork destined for the mint.1 They were acting on orders from the previous...
Through the Stable Door to Prince Albert? on Gottfried Semper's London Connections
PrefaceGottfried Semper's London connections in general have been explored by Wolfgang Herrmann, Harry Francis Mallgrave, Sonja Hildebrand and others.1 Initiated by a current research and edition project, this article specifically investigates personal...
Towards a Latin Europe
Towards a Latin Europe Review of: Vers une Europe Latine: Acteurs et enjeux des échanges culturels entre la France et l'Italie fasciste, Catherine Fraixe and Christophe Poupault, eds., Brussels: P.I.E. Lang, 2014, 330 pp., euro42.80, ISBN-10: 2875740474...
Transposing the Zeitgeist? Nikolaus Pevsner between Kunstgeschichte and Art History
In April 1933, Nikolaus Pevsner was dismissed from his position as Privatdozent (a lecturer affiliated to an institution but paid directly by the students) in Art History, which he had held since 1929 at the University of Göttingen, on the grounds of...
Why Cauldrons Come First: Taxonomic Transparency in the Earliest Chinese Antiquarian Catalogues
Introduction - antiquarianism as a comparative conceitAs material culture, materiality, thing studies, and other oscillations of the tangible have emerged in recent decades as discernible themes of interdisciplinary inquiry, scholars have increasingly...
Working from Home: The Life and Art of Giovanni Baratta
Working from home: the life and art of Giovanni Baratta Review of: Francesco Freddolini, Giovanni Baratta 1670-1747. Scultura e industria del marmo tra la Toscana e le corti d'Europa, LermArte documenti 10, Rome: "L'Erma" di Bretschneider, 2013, 358...
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