A Critical Anthology
New edition of this key guide to art history, which takes a critical reading of the field's most innovative and influential texts over the past two centuries, including the most important new writing on the most recent work in a variety of new media.
Introduction to the New Edition; Art History: Making the Visible Legible; 1. ART AS HISTORY; Introduction; Preface to Part III of 'The Lives'; Reflections on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture; Winckelmann Divided: Mourning the Death of Art History; Patterns of Intention; 2. AESTHETICS; Introduction; What is Enlightenment?; Philosophy of Fine Art; Impure Mimesis, or the Ends of the Aesthetic; Fetish; 3. FORM, CONTENT, AND STYLE; Introduction; Principles of Art History; Style; 'Form', Nineteenth-Century Metaphysics, and the Problem of Art Historical Description; 'Style'; 4. ANTHROPOLOGY AND/OR ART HISTORY; Introduction; Leading Characteristics of the Late Roman 'Kunstwollen'; Images from the Region of the Pueblo Indians of North America; Warburg's Concept of 'Kunstwissenschaft' and its Meaning for Aesthetics; Silent Moves: On Excluding the Ethnographic Subject from the Discourse of Art History; 5. MECHANISMS OF MEANING; Introduction; Iconography and Iconology: An Introduction to the Study of Renaissance Art; Semiotics and Iconography; Semiotics and Art History: A Discussion of Contexts and Senders; Meaning/Interpretation; 6. THE LIMITS OF INTERPRETATION; Introduction; The Temptation of New Perspectives; The Origin of the Work of Art; The Still Life as a Personal Object - a Note on Heidegger and van Gogh; Restitutions of the Truth in Pointing [Pointure]; 7. AUTHORSHIP AND IDENTITY; Introduction; What is an Author?; The Discourse of Others: Feminists and Postmodernism; Re-Viewing Modernist Criticism; Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory; Postmodern Automatons; 'Every Man Knows How Beauty Gives Him Pleasure': Beauty Discourse and the Logic of Aesthetics; Queer Wallpaper; 8. GLOBALIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS; Introduction; Orientalism and the Exhibitionary Order; The Museum as Ritual; The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility (Third Version); Can Our Values be Objective? On Ethics, Aesthetics, and Progessive Politics; Visual Culture Studies: Questions of History, Theory, and Practice; 'Life-Like': Historicizing Process in Digital Art; Epilogue: The Art of Art History; Coda: Plato's Dilemma and the Tasks of the Art Historian Today