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Description - The Shaping of Art History by Patricia Emison

In this provocative book, Patricia Emison invites the reader to consider and reconsider how past thinkers - from Pliny and Alberti to Freud and Fried - have conceptualized the history of Western art.What a book review attempts to be for a book, this extended essay attempts to be for several hundred years' worth of books in a field: an indicator of problems with the old attempts and hopes for the new ones. It is a defense of art history for those outside the field who question its reliability or even its importance; it is a critique of art history for those in the field who may have been preoccupied with looking at trees but who might be interested in trying to see the forest.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780271033051
ISBN-10: 0271033053
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Pages: 120
Imprint: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Patricia Emison

Patricia Emison is Professor of the History of Art at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of The Simple Art: Printed Works on Paper in the Age of Magnificence (2006), Creating the 'Divine' Artist from Dante to Michelangelo (2004), and The Art of Teaching: Sixteenth-Century Allegorical Prints and Drawings (1986).

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