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The Shaping of Art History
Wilhelm Vöge, Adolph Goldschmidt, and the Study of Medieval Art


  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521147620

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  • The Shaping of Art History examines art history's formation in the German academy in the late nineteenth century. Focusing on the work of Wilhelm Vöge and Adolph Goldschmidt, two influential scholars of medieval art, Kathryn Brush analyses their methods and particularly those scholarly projects that were critical to the development of their approaches. Her work combines intellectual and institutional history with the study of artistic monuments and biography. It considers how the study of the pioneering scholarship in the field of medieval art is critical to an understanding of the formulation of art historical method as a whole.

    • Contributes fresh insights into the formation of art historical discourse by focusing on medieval scholarship and its archival base
    • Focuses on neglected pioneers of art history
    • Lays the groundwork for all further historiographical investigation in the sub-discipline of medieval art history
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    Review of the hardback: 'Dr Brush's study should be welcomed as a remind that it was not on the study of the Italian Renaissance alone that the discipline of art history was built. The Art Newspaper

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521147620
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.491kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Mentalitiés:
    1. Art history and cultural history during the 1880s: the discursive range
    Part II. Monumental Styles in Medieval Art History:
    2. Wilhelm Vöge and the beginnings of the Monumental style in the Middle Ages (1894)
    3. Thematic and methodological range in the scholarship of Goldschmidt and Vöge to c. 1905
    Part III. Resonances:
    4. German and international responses at the turn of the century
    5. Implications for later discourse in medieval art history.

  • Author

    Kathryn Brush, University of Western Ontario

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