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The Books that Shaped Art History


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Preface * Introduction * `Emile Male, L'art religieux du XIIIe siecle en France, 1898' by Alexandra Gajewski * `Bernard Berenson, The Drawings of the Florentine Painters, 1903' by Carmen C. Bambach * `Heinrich Woelfflin, Kunstgeschichtliche Grundbegriffe, 1915' by David Summers * `Roger Fry, Cezanne: A Study of His Development, 1927' by Richard Verdi * `Nikolaus Pevsner, Pioneers of the Modern Movement, 1936' by Colin Amery * `Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Matisse: His Art and His Public, 1951' by John Elderfield * `Erwin Panofsky, Early Netherlandish Painting: Its Origins and Character, 1953' by Susie Nash * `Kenneth Clark, The Nude: A Study of Ideal Art, 1956' by John-Paul Stonard * `E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion, 1960' by Christopher S. Wood * `Clement Greenberg, Art and Culture, 1961' by Boris Groys * `Francis Haskell, A Study in the Relations between Italian Art and Society in the Age of the Baroque, 1963' by Louise Rice * `Michael Baxandall, Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy, 1972' by Paul Hills * `T. J. Clark, Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution, 1973' by Alastair Wright * `Svetlana Alpers, The Art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century, 1983' by Mariet Westermann * `Rosalind Krauss, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, 1985' by Anna Lovatt * `Hans Belting, Bild und Kult, 1990' by Jeffrey Hamburger * Notes * Bibliographical essays * Author Biographies

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The essential roadmap to the ideas and debates that have formed the history of art, told through the key books published over the course of the 20th century

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Richard Shone is a British art historian and art critic specializing in British modern art. John-Paul Stonard, writes regularly for Artforum, Times Literary Supplement and the Burlington Magazine.


'A thrilling account of the history of art in the 20th century ... an expertly guided tour along a rather marvellous scenic route' - Guardian
'A pageant of influential art historians of the twentieth century ... if you are keen on art history and like parades, you will love this book ... the essays are models of intelligent compression and lively instruction ... this fascinating collection is worth reading for many reasons' - RA Magazine
'A wonderful book that will be enjoyed by all who have a deep interest in the practice of art history' - Cassone

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