A History of Art History
 
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ISBN13:9780691156521
ISBN10:0691156522
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:472 pages
Size:234x165 mm
Language:English
Illustrations: 24 b/w illus.
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A History of Art History

 
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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An authoritative history of art history from its medieval origins to its modern predicaments

In this wide-ranging and authoritative book, the first of its kind in English, Christopher Wood tracks the evolution of the historical study of art from the late middle ages through the rise of the modern scholarly discipline of art history. Synthesizing and assessing a vast array of writings, episodes, and personalities, this original account of the development of art-historical thinking will appeal to readers both inside and outside the discipline.

The book shows that the pioneering chroniclers of the Italian Renaissance—Lorenzo Ghiberti and Giorgio Vasari—measured every epoch against fixed standards of quality. Only in the Romantic era did art historians discover the virtues of medieval art, anticipating the relativism of the later nineteenth century, when art history learned to admire the art of all societies and to value every work as an index of its times. The major art historians of the modern era, however—Jacob Burckhardt, Aby Warburg, Heinrich Wo?lfflin, Erwin Panofsky, Meyer Schapiro, and Ernst Gombrich—struggled to adapt their work to the rupture of artistic modernism, leading to the current predicaments of the discipline.

Combining erudition with clarity, this book makes a landmark contribution to the understanding of art history.



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