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Since its original publication, Erwin Panofsky's Meaning in the Visual Arts has been standard reading for students of art history. It is both an introduction to the study of art and, for those with more specialized interests, a profound discussion of art and life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Panofsky's historical technique reveals an abundance of detail, detail he s ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published March 15th 1983 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1955)
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Nov 23, 2009 Brad rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Really informative. Specific. The excessive footnotes made me crazy.
the authority on the subject, but reading him makes my head ache.
I guess this must be the classic.
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Erwin Panofsky was a German art historian, whose academic career was pursued almost entirely in the U.S. after the rise of the Nazi regime. In 1935, while teaching concurrently at New York University and Princeton University (something he continued to do his entire career), he was invited to join the faculty of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. From 1947 to 1948 Panofsky ...more
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