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Studies in Art Historiography


About the Series

The aim of this series is to support and promote the study of the history and practice of art historical writing focussing on its institutional and conceptual foundations, from the past to the present day in all areas and all periods. Besides addressing the major innovators of the past it also encourages re-thinking ways in which the subject may be written in the future. It ignores the disciplinary boundaries imposed by the Anglophone expression 'art history' and allows and encourages the full range of enquiry that encompasses the visual arts in its broadest sense as well as topics falling within archaeology, anthropology, ethnography and other specialist disciplines and approaches. It welcomes contributions from young and established scholars and is aimed at building an expanded audience for what has hitherto been a much specialised topic of investigation. It complements the work of the Journal of Art Historiography.

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New Narratives of Russian and East European Art Between Traditions and Revolutions

New Narratives of Russian and East European Art: Between Traditions and Revolutions

1st Edition

Edited By Galina Mardilovich, Maria Taroutina
October 25, 2019

This book brings together thirteen scholars to introduce the newest and most cutting-edge research in the field of Russian and East European art history. Reconsidering canonical figures, re-examining prevalent debates, and revisiting aesthetic developments, the book challenges accepted histories ...

A Theory of the Tache in Nineteenth-Century Painting

A Theory of the Tache in Nineteenth-Century Painting

1st Edition

By Øystein Sjåstad
September 11, 2019

Without question, the tache (blot, patch, stain) is a central and recurring motif in nineteenth-century modernist painting. Manet's and the Impressionists’ rejection of academic finish produced a surface where the strokes of paint were presented directly, as patches or blots, then indirectly as ...

Architecture and the Late Ottoman Historical Imaginary Reconfiguring the Architectural Past in a Modernizing Empire

Architecture and the Late Ottoman Historical Imaginary: Reconfiguring the Architectural Past in a Modernizing Empire

1st Edition

By Ahmet A. Ersoy
September 11, 2019

While European eclecticism is examined as a critical and experimental moment in western art history, little research has been conducted to provide an intellectual depth of field to the historicist pursuits of late Ottoman architects as they maneuvered through the nineteenth century’s vast inventory...

British Romanticism and the Reception of Italian Old Master Art, 1793-1840

British Romanticism and the Reception of Italian Old Master Art, 1793-1840

1st Edition

By Maureen McCue
September 11, 2019

As a result of Napoleon’s campaigns in Italy, Old Master art flooded into Britain and its acquisition became an index of national prestige. Maureen McCue argues that their responses to these works informed the writing of Romantic period authors, enabling them to forge often surprising connections ...

Painting and Narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin

Painting and Narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Cooke, Nina Lübbren
May 23, 2019

Before Modernism, narrative painting was one of the most acclaimed and challenging modes of picture-making in Western art, yet by the early twentieth century storytelling had all but disappeared from ambitious art. France was a key player in both the dramatic rise and the controversial demise of ...

Michael Baxandall, Vision and the Work of Words

Michael Baxandall, Vision and the Work of Words

1st Edition

By Peter Mack, Robert Williams
April 25, 2018

'The most important art historian of his generation’ is how some scholars have described the late Michael Baxandall (1933-2007), Professor of the Classical Tradition at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Baxandall’s work...

Monographic Exhibitions and the History of Art

Monographic Exhibitions and the History of Art

1st Edition

Edited By Maia Wellington Gahtan, Donatella Pegazzano
March 01, 2018

This edited collection traces the impact of monographic exhibitions on the discipline of art history from the first examples in the late eighteenth century through the present. Roughly falling into three genres (retrospectives of living artists, retrospectives of recently deceased artists, and...

Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture

Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture

1st Edition

By Katherine Wheeler
February 06, 2018

In the mid-1880s The Builder, an influential British architectural journal, published an article characterizing Renaissance architecture as a corrupt bastardization of the classical architecture of Greece and Rome. By the turn of the century, however, the same journal praised the Renaissance ...

The Expressionist Turn in Art History A Critical Anthology

The Expressionist Turn in Art History: A Critical Anthology

1st Edition

Edited By Kimberly A. Smith
November 22, 2017

During the period in which Expressionist artists were active in central Europe, art historians were producing texts which also began to be characterized evocatively as ’expressionist’, yet the notion of an expressionist art history has yet to be fully explored in historiographic studies of the ...

Video Art Historicized Traditions and Negotiations

Video Art Historicized: Traditions and Negotiations

1st Edition

By Malin Hedlin Hayden
October 12, 2017

Video art emerged as an art form that from the 1960s and onwards challenged the concept of art - hence, art historical practices. From the perspective of artists, critics, and scholars engaged with this new medium, art was seen as too limiting a notion. Important issues were to re-think art as a ...

Messerschmidt's Character Heads Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History

Messerschmidt's Character Heads: Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History

1st Edition

By Michael Yonan
October 04, 2017

This book examines a famous series of sculptures by the German artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736–1783) known as his "Character Heads." These are busts of human heads, highly unconventional for their time, representing strange, often inexplicable facial expressions. Scholars have struggled to ...

Circulations in the Global History of Art

Circulations in the Global History of Art

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Catherine Dossin, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel
May 31, 2017

The project of global art history calls for balanced treatment of artifacts and a unified approach. This volume emphasizes questions of transcultural encounters and exchanges as circulations. It presents a strategy that highlights the processes and connections among cultures, and also responds to ...

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