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Introduction: A History of Methods -- From Antiquity to the Renaissance: Piecemeal Beginnings -- The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: Biographies -- The Eighteenth Century: Cultural History, and the Cycle -- The Nineteenth Century: Empiricism, Metaphysics and Cultural History -- The Early Twentieth Century: Responses to Modernism -- The Mid-Twentieth Century: Cumulative Variety -- The Late Twentieth Century: New Art Histories -- The Present: Versatility and Potential -- The Lives of the Artists, 1568 / Giorgio Vasari -- The Painter's Book, 1604 / Karel van Mander -- Lives of the Modern Painters, Sculptors and Architects, 1672 / Giovanni Bellori -- The History of Ancient Art, 1764 / Johann Joachim Winckelmann -- Of German Architecture, 1772 / Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -- Reflections on History, 1872 / Jacob Burckhardt -- 'The Revival of Architecture', 1888 / William Morris -- Italian Painters, 1890 / Giovanni Morelli -- Late Roman Art Industry, 1901 / Alois Riegl -- Principles of Art History, 1915 / Heinrich Wolfflin -- Principles of Architectural History, 1914 / Paul Frankl -- Vision and Design, 1920 / Roger Fry -- The Life of Forms in Art, 1934 / Henri Focillon -- 'The Development of Abstract Art', 1936 / Alfred H. Barr -- 'The History of Art as a Humanistic Discipline', 1940 / Erwin Panofsky -- An Outline of European Architecture, 1943 / Nikolaus Pevsner -- The Philosophy of Art History, 1959 / Arnold Hauser -- 'Against Interpretation', 1964 / Susan Sontag -- 'In Search of Cultural History', 1967 / E. H. Gombrich -- 'In Search of Meaning in African Art', 1973 / William Fagg -- 'The Conditions of Artistic Creation', 1974 / T. J. Clark -- 'Art History, Kunstgeschichte and Historia', 1978 / John Onians -- 'Art History, Art Criticism and Explanation', 1981 / Michael Baldwin, Charles Harrison and Mel Ramsden -- 'Interpretation without Representation, or, The Viewing of Las Meninas', 1983 / Svetlana Alpers -- The End of the History of Art?, 1984 / Hans Belting -- 'Feminist Interventions in the Histories of Art', 1988 / Griselda Pollock -- 'In the "Heart of Darkness"', 1993 / Olu Oguibe.
"Critical essays culled from the writings of 27 significant art historians and writers comprise this scholarly collection. Fernie, the director of the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, promises to provide a "view of the methods which art historians have found appropriate or productive in studying the objects and ideas which constitute their discipline." The chronologically arranged excerpts begin with Renaissance writer Giorgio Vasari's biographical approach and include Goethe's praise of Gothic style, Jacob Burckhardt's historical observations, Johann Joachim Winckelmann's reflections on the cultural context of art, Giovanni Morelli's study of attribution, Roger Fry's analysis of form, Erwin Panofsky's discussion of humanism, and Griselda Pollock's present-day feminist analysis. Fernie's introductory overview of approaches to art history, his insightful comments preceding each essay, and a helpful glossary provide a substantial framework for the erudite writings."--LibraryJournal.