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The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology

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Here is a new edition of Donald Preziosi's masterful selection of the most influential and innovative writing on art history of the past two centuries. The book includes over thirty pieces by seminal thinkers and writers from Winckelmann, Kant, and Hegel to Foucault, Carol Duncan, and Mary Kelly on such subjects as aesthetics and anthropology, postmodern automatons, semiot ...more
Paperback, 591 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 30th 1998)
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Mar 12, 2012 Ciro rated it really liked it
It's a good project, essential really, and one I haven't seen sourced so well or comprehensively before — a historiographic narrative of the field. The primary sources are mostly comprehensive, with a lot of essentials, and Preziosi's running commentary puts them all in a compelling framework. It would be an excellent basis for a foundational course in an AH major.

I'd like to see more in a later edition about how the traditional methods of art history are breaking down in the face of new media,
Nov 30, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
I read this in my Art Criticism class this past semester, and it's definitely not a book that you can just read cover to cover. At least not in my opinion. It's more suited for using as a reference. The way it's arranged is clever, though, because each chapter contains a certain amount of articles, and they build upon each other and relate to each other depending on the topic of the chapter. I could give it a higher rating, but it wasn't really enjoyable for me. On a scholarly level, I am sure i ...more
The best anthology of art history methodologies currently available.
Great for an introduction to written art history and its many theoretical forms. Starts off with Vasari and his biographical approach, and covers ideas including formalism, connoisseurship, iconography, and postmodernism. For a much more in-depth review of the area, the Art in Theory trilogy edited by Harrison and Wood is fantastic, but Preziosi's is a more digestible text, especially if you don't have an art history background.
May 25, 2007 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You will want to read this in a class. The essays included in this anthology are what crafted the study of art since the 18th century. Preziosi accomplished the purpose of creating a somewhat chronological progression of art historical writing while simultaneously grouping essays by methodology. This means that one might find themselves comparing essays from the 18th century, turn of the 20th century, and the 1990s. Yet, it is effective at allowing the reader to see the progression of the study ...more
This is a very dense text. We read the entire book cover to cover in my Art Historical Theories and Methods class, and it would have been difficult to grasp all of the concepts without the professor's explications during lectures/discussions.
There is no discussion of psychoanalysis or marxism. Otherwise it covers quite a variety of art historical theories/methods.
Nov 09, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finishing this book felt like getting to the top of a particularly difficult mountain.
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Dec 19, 2008 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I feel like the selection of essays could have been better.
Jun 18, 2008 Julianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tough to get through, but worth it in the end
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