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Studies in Art Historiography


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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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Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Mariette and the Science of the Connoisseur in Eighteenth-Century Europe

1st Edition

By Kristel Smentek
May 22, 2017

Celebrated connoisseur, drawings collector, print dealer, book publisher and authority on the art of antiquity, Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774) was a pivotal figure in the eighteenth-century European art world. Focusing on the trajectory of Mariette’s career, this book examines the material ...

Comparativism in Art History

Comparativism in Art History

1st Edition

Edited By Jaś Elsner
February 13, 2017

Featuring some of the major voices in the world of art history, this volume explores the methodological aspects of comparison in the historiography of the discipline. The chapters assess the strengths and weaknesses of comparative practice in the history of art, and consider the larger issue of the...

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism International Experiments in Italy

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism: International Experiments in Italy

1st Edition

By Marin R. Sullivan
December 14, 2016

Sculptural Materiality in the Age of Conceptualism is structured around four distinct but interrelated projects initially realized in Italy between 1966 and 1972: Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Newspaper Sphere (Sfera di giornali), Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown, and ...

The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

The Academy of San Carlos and Mexican Art History: Politics, History, and Art in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

1st Edition

By Ray Hernandez-Duran
November 29, 2016

The first substantial Mexican colonial art historiography in English, this book examines the origin of the study of colonial art in Mexico as a symptom of the development of modern museum practice in mid-nineteenth-century Mexico City. Also an intellectual history, this study recognizes the role of...

Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Pictures-within-Pictures in Nineteenth-Century Britain

1st Edition

By Catherine Roach
August 12, 2016

Repainting the work of another into one’s own canvas is a deliberate and often highly fraught act of reuse. This book examines the creation, display, and reception of such images. Artists working in nineteenth-century London were in a peculiar position: based in an imperial metropole, yet ...

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