The shaping of art history : meditations on a discipline /

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Author / Creator: Emison, Patricia A.
Format: Book
Imprint: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, [2008]

In this provocative book, Patricia Emison invites the reader to consider and reconsider how past thinkers--from Pliny and Alberti to Freud and Fried--have conceptualized the history of Western art. What a book review attempts to be for a book, this extended essay attempts to be for several hundred years' worth of books in a field: an indicator of problems with the old attempts and hopes for the new ones. It is a defense of art history for those outside the field who question its reliability or even its importance; it is a critique of art history for those in the field who may have been preoccupied with looking at trees but who might be interested in trying to see the forest.

Physical Description:xii, 108 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 97-99) and index.
Author Notes:

Patricia Emison is Professor of the History of Art at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of The Simple Art: Printed Works on Paper in the Age of Magnificence (2006), Creating the 'Divine' Artist from Dante to Michelangelo ( 2004), and The Art of Teaching: Sixteenth-Century Allegorical Prints and Drawings (1986).