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The following readings are optional and included here for students who
are interested in reading more examples or critical assessments of the
methodologies examined in this course. You may want to check your local
library for the availability of these books.
Antal, Frederick. “Florentine Painting and Its Social Background.” London: Kegan Paul, 1948.
About the Text: This book is a classic work of Marxist art history that links stylistic changes to economic structures and class relations.
Clark, T. J. “Image of the People: Gustave Courbet and the 1848 Revolution.” London: Thames and Hudson, 1999.
About the Text: This book includes Clark’s seminal work, “On the Social History of Art,” as its introduction.
Clifford, James. “The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art.” Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.
About the Text: This book is a collection of essays, including Clifford’s Postcolonial critique, “Histories of the Tribal and Modern,” of the Museum of Modern Art’s 1984 exhibit, “Primitivism.”
Coombes, Annie. “Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture, and the Popular Imagination.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994.
About the Text: This book is a Postcolonial critique of museum culture in nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century England.
Fer, Biony. “On Abstract Art.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998.
About the Text: This book uses the theories of Freud and Lacan to interpret non-representational art.
Gombrich, Ernest H. “Art and Illusion: A Study of the Psychology of Pictorial Representation.” London: Princeton University Press, 1960.
About the Text: This book provides a criticism of early Formalists.
Gombrich, Ernest H. “In Search of Cultural History.” Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969.
About the Text: This book provides an in-depth account of the influence of Hegel on later art historians.
Krauss, Rosalind. “The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths.” Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1985.
About the Text: This book contains a collection of essays that include “In the Name of Picasso” and “Notes on the Index” both of which employ semiotic theory.
Panofsky, Erwin. “Meaning in the Visual Arts.” Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970 .
About the Text: This book is a collection of some of Panofsky’s most famous essays and also contains an outline of his method.
Pollock, Griselda. “Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and the Histories of Art.” London: Routledge, 1988.
About the Text: This book is an important collection of feminist articles that include “Vision, Voice, and Power” that discusses the relationship between Marxist and Feminist art historical analysis and “Woman as Sign: Psychoanalytic Readings.”
Podro, Michael. “The Critical Art Historians of Art.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1982.
About the Text: This book provides concise and probing critical accounts of the methodologies covered in this course.