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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gombrich among the Egyptians and Other Essays in the History of Art

(Thank Prof. Bagley for sharing this information)

Author:
Robert Bagley

Publication Date: 
October 2015

Publisher:
Seattle: Marquand Books




Abstract:

In this collection of essays, five previously published and three new in this volume, a western historian of Chinese art examines the received ideas of art history from the vantage point of another culture. On the premise that what we feel a need to explain and how we explain it alike depend on what we assume to be normal, the essays all adopt a comparative approach. Whatever body of material is taken as case study-Gothic churches, Egyptian reliefs, Chinese bronzes, Insular gospel manuscripts-the problems addressed are of broad general relevance to the discipline. They include the nature of art history's styles and periods, iconography as explanation, the rationale for art historical description, technical studies and the artistic imagination, and histories of representation. Clear and accessible, this book will interest anyone concerned with the conduct of art historical scholarship and the origins and consequences of its practices.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Styles, Periods, and the Life Cycle of the Goblin

The First Paper Assignment

Meaning and Explanation

Interpreting Prehistoric Designs

Shang Ritual Bronzes: Casting Technique and Vessel Design

What the Bronzes from Hunyuan Tell Us about the Foundry at Houma

Ornament, Representation, and Imaginary Animals in Bronze Age China

Gombrich amond the Egyptians: The History of Art as a Contest between Seeing and Knowing

Figure Credits

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