Date of issue: 7 September Description of the book "Art History and its Methods: A Critical Anthology": Approaches to the history of art are probably more varied and more debated than in any other branch of history, and a study of different historical approaches has become an increasingly important component of many student courses. This critical anthology brings together the work of 27 influential art historians and writers from the Renaissance to the present day; key texts have been chosen in which the authors reflect on the nature of their subject and on their own methods of inquiry. The introduction is a lucid and readable PDF summary of art-historical methods, and each of the texts is accompanied by a commentary that places it in context and discusses the issues it raises. A glossary of terms and a select bibliography make this book an invaluable resource in the study of art history. In other words, "freedom connected with speech" Most of us totally recognized.
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His Vasari excerpt, for example, is a mish-mosh of badly excerpted Lives and patched together methodology--not one complete, coherent excerpt. Further, as a scholarly tool, it is quite irritating that Fernie deletes the footnotes to all the texts save his own. In addition, his introductions to each piece are not very insightful nor are they stimulating.
Unfortunately and this is what saves the anthology from being a 1 it is the only introduction to various methodologies for the young art historian. For the interested amateur this is a good start although note that there are many other interesting texts that are not included in the anthology--Pliny, for example.
A review of "Art History and its Methods" By Carrie on Apr 07, Includes: Giorgio Vasari, the lives of the artists, , Karel van Mander, Dutch and Flemish Painters, , Giovanni Bellori,the idea of the painter, the sculptor and the architect chosen from the higher natural beauties of nature, , Johann Winckelmann, history of ancient art, , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Von deutscher Baukunst, , Jakob Burckhardt, reflections on history, , Giovanni Morelli, Italian painters, , Alois Tiegi: late Roman art industry, , Heinrich Wolfflin, principles of art history, , Paul Franki, principles of architectural history, , Roger Fry, reflections, , Henri Focillon, the world of forms, , Alfred H.
Baff, chart of modern art, , Erwin Panofshky, the history of art as a humanistic discipline, , Nikolaus Pevsner, an outline of European architecture, , Arnold Hauser, the scope a limitations of sociology of art, , Susan Sontag, against interpretation, , E.
Gombrich, in search of cultural history, , William Fagg, studying primitive art, , T. Clark, the conditions of artistic creation, , John Onians, art history, Kinstegschichte and historia, , Michael Baldwin, Charles Harrison and Mel Ramsden, art history, art criticism and explanation, , Svetlana Alpers, interpretation without representation, or the viewing of Las Meninas, , Hans Belting, the end of the history of art?
Olu Oguibe, in the heart of darkness, It is an excellent anthology, but it lacks colour plate images. Since it is a book about methods in art historical practice, the focus is much more directed to looking at texts.
Yet, there are a few black and white images printed in the book that provide examples of the works being discussed. However, I would forfeit my desire for colour plates in light of the affordable price appx. I am not sure why Fernie decided to omit the footnotes of the original essays, which makes this only a lead-in to the original texts. I would also like to see Fernie add more contemporary essays with subsequent editions, as the latest date of the essays included is recent only in light of the publication date.
Eric Fernie has collected some of the most interesting writing, from the Renaissance to the contemporary, about methodology in the practice of art history, introducing each of the essays with a brief summary of its contents.
Also included in this book is a useful and critical glossary of terms, written by Fernie. Fernie is likely trying to reach academic readers instead of a popular audience, but more specifically, he is likely trying to reach post-undergraduate-level academics.
This idea rests on the observation that the content of the essays are quite serious, as well as being of the kind of historical overview that nonacademic, and even many undergrad students, in my opinion, might find difficult to put into perspective unless they have a solid background in both cultural and art history. This book is definitely not for everyone. Those seriously interested in art history, criticism, theory, the history of ideas, or research methodology would find this book most interesting.
People who are looking for juicy images, coffee table classics, or simplified interpretations of classic art need not open this book, unless they want to challenge their understanding of how history, methods of enquiry, and the subjectivity of the self inform higher-level understanding of art and art history.
A rare breed: a stimulating read By on Apr 15, The prospect of a book filled with extracts from some of the greatest art criticism written may not fill every one with excitement, but when this is the book, it should.
Eric Fernie has collected the major works of the most important art historians and critics, all translated in to English. With each he adds a slight biography and handy pointers as to what the aim of the writer was.
It is true that these are just extracts in some cases, like Goethe, it is the whole of the piece but they give you a taste of the whole, without leaving you confused. Apart from the actual writings, there is a very handy guide to "buzz" words and terminologies, as well as theories from the world of art and philosophy, so if you do get lost, you have a map to refer to.
The format of the book is good too, being arranged in such away that it is almost a text or reference book: you have a well designed index which allows you to dip in and out with out getting bemused or frustrated. This book is a good introduction to the world of art criticism. If you ever read reviews of artists or exhibition and get confused by the terms used or people mentioned, it is likely that a look and then read of this book will make everything clearer, or distract you so much that you forget.
A good introduction to art history and criticism, and the more general world of philosophy. The format is user-friendly, with an excellent table of contents, select bibliography, and index.
The glossary in the back provides definitions that are indispensable for beginners and masters alike. His intros are succinct; they provide a historical context, and distill most of the main points of each reading into a short, interesting, and easy to digest summary.
The selected texts provide the reader with a good definition of some of the historical and contemporary differences between different schools of Art History and Art Criticism. The methods provided in this book are applicable to any humanistic discipline. While not totally comprehensive, the material presented does give an excellent starting point for further excursions into art historical methodology.
That said, Fernie does allow some of his own biases and methodologies to colour some of his introductions, and the selections of representative texts. The critical thinking of his readers needs to be applied to these aspects of the book, as much as the texts presented.
However, all in all this is an excellent "History of Art History". I reccomend this book highly to "students" of any kind interested in a higher understanding of art, art criticism, and historiography. A great idea, but a disappointing book By Anne-marie Bouche on May 04, I bought this book because I wanted an anthology of "the best," classic articles on a variety of fields and from a variety of critical viewpoints, hoping to use it for my introductory art history course.
But not only could one quarrel with the choices here, but the articles are abridged almost to the point of incomprehensibility and the footnotes are left out. This makes the collection unrepresentative of what it purports to be about, and useless in the classroom. Phaidon, are you kidding about the size of the type for this entire book? Excellent, with helpful excerpts of key art historical writings included By Monica on May 31, Very helpful and informative.
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Historiography Back cover copy Approaches to the history of art are probably more varied and more debated than in any other branch of history, and a study of different historical approaches has become an important component of student courses. Giorgio Vasari - lives of the artists, ; Carel van Mander - Dutch and Flemish Painters, ; Giovanni Bellori - the idea of the painter, the sculptor and the architect chosen from the higher natural beauties of nature, ; Johann Winckelmann - history of ancient art, ; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Von deutscher Baukunst, ; Jakob Burckhardt - reflections on history, ; Giovanni Morelli - Italian painters, ; Alois Tiegi: late Roman art industry, ; Heinrich Wolfflin - principles of art history, ; Paul Franki - principles of architectural history, ; Roger Fry - reflections, ; Henri Focillon - the world of forms, ; Alfred H. Baff - chart of modern art, ; Erwin Panofshky - the history of art as a humanistic discipline, ; Nikolaus Pevsner - an outline of European architecture, ; Arnold Hauser - the scope a limitations of sociology of art, ; Susan Sontag - against interpretation, ; E. Gombrich - in search of cultural history, ; William Fagg - studying primitive art, ; T. Clark - the conditions of artistic creation, ; John Onians - art history, Kinstegschichte and historia, ; Michael Baldwin, Charles Harrison and Mel Ramsden - art history, art criticism and explanation, ; Svetlana Alpers - interpretation without representation, or the viewing of Las Meninas, ; Hans Belting - the end of the history of art?
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Art History and its Methods : A Critical Anthology