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Art History and its Methods

A Critical Anthology

Eric Fernie


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Approaches to the history of art are probably more varied and more debated than in any other branch of history, and a study of different historical approaches has become an increasingly important component of many student courses. This critical anthology brings together the work of 27 influential art historians and writers from the Renaissance to the present day; key texts have been chosen in which the authors reflect on the nature of their subject and on their own methods of inquiry. Included are texts by Vasari, Winckelmann, Burckhardt, Wölfflin, Panofsky, Gombrich and Pollock, among others. The introduction is a lucid and readable summary of art-historical methods, and each of the texts is accompanied by a commentary that places it in context and discusses the issues it raises. A glossary of terms and a select bibliography make this book an invaluable resource in the study of art history.

Praise For Art History and its Methods: A Critical Anthology

"A book destined to become a standard work"—The Art Newspaper

Phaidon Press, 9780714829913, 384pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 1995

About the Author

Eric Fernie was formerly Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London and Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh.