Art in Theory 1648-1815 (Paperback)

By Charles Harrison (Editor), Paul Wood (Editor), Jason Gaiger (Editor)

Wiley-Blackwell, 9780631200642, 1244pp.

Publication Date: February 8, 2001

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Art in Theory (1648-1815) provides a wide-ranging and comprehensivecollection of documents on the theory of art from the founding ofthe French Academy until the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Like itshighly successful companion volumes, Art in Theory (1815-1900) andArt in Theory (1900-1990), its' primary aim is to provide studentsand teachers with the documentary material for informed andup-to-date study. Its' 240 texts, clear principles of organizationand considerable editorial content offer a vivid and indispensableintroduction to the art of the early modern period.

Harrison, Wood and Gaiger have collected writing by artists, critics, philosophers, literary figures and administrators of thearts, some reprinted in their entirety, others excerpted fromlonger works. A wealth of material from French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Latin sources is also provided, including manynew translations.

Among the major themes treated are early arguments over therelative merits of ancient and modern art, debates between theadvocates of form and color, the beginnings of modern art criticismin reviews of the Salon, art and politics during the FrenchRevolution, the rise of landscape painting, and the artistictheories of Romanticism and Neo-classicism.

Each section is prefaced by an essay that situates the ideas of theperiod in their historical context, while relating theoreticalconcerns and debates to developments in the practice of art. Eachindividual text is also accompanied by a short introduction. Anextensive bibliography and full index are provided.

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About the Author

Charles Harrison is co-editor of Art in Theory 1900 -1990 (Blackwell, 1992) and of Art in Theory 1815 - 1900(Blackwell, 1997). He is the author of English Art and Modernism1900 - 1939 (1994), of Essays on Art & Language, andof Modernism (1997) in the series "Movements in Modern Art."He has lectured widely in England, Europe and the USA and has beenvisiting Professor in History of Art at the University of Texas atAustin. He is currently Professor of the History and Theory of Artand Staff tutor in Arts at the Open University. Paul Wood is co-editor of Art in Theory 1900 -1990 (1992) and of Art in Theory 1815 - 1900 (1998). Hehas published widely on modern art and art history in a variety ofjournals and exhibition catalogues. He has edited The Challengeof the Avant Garde (1998) and co-edited Investigating ModernArt (1996) and has contributed to Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism, and Modernism in Dispute (both 1993) and toCritical Terms for Art History (1996). He is Senior Lecturerin the Department of Art History at the Open University.Jason Gaiger is co-editor of Art in Theory 1915 -1900 (1997). He has published various articles in the field ofart history and aesthetics, and has been a visiting lecturer at theUniversities of Essex, York and North London. He is currentlyLecturer in Art History at the Open University.