History of Art History

History of Art History


There are many books focusing on specific eras of art, but something rarely told is the history of art history. This volume does exactly that, as author Christopher Wood traces the evolution of the historical study of art from the late middle ages through to modern scholarly discipline.

During the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Giorgio Vasari measured art from each era against fixed standards of quality; it wasn’t until the Romantic era that Medieval art was judged and admired as a product of its time, later leading to relativism. The first of its kind written in English, A History of Art History provides an authoritative assessment of the field, examining writings, episodes and personalities.

This fascinating book shows the progression of the discipline from its Medieval origins to the current struggles faced in adapting work by major art historians of the modern era. Written with clarity, it’s an accessible and comprehensive study of the subject.

Product Code 1049594
Author Christopher Wood
Publisher Princeton University Press
Published August 2019
Pages 472
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17.8 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm
ISBN 9780691156521
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