The Critical Historians of Art

Michael Podro


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The first extensive critical account of the work of Semper, Riegl, Wolfflin, Warburg, and Panofsky.

"Concise and insightful. . . . Podro's powerful analyses of the critical historians' work demonstrate the ongoing importance of issues such as how we make the art of the past present."—Mark A. Cheetham, College Art Association of America

"Essential reading for all those with an interest in the history and philosophy of the visual arts."—Paul Crowther, British Journal of Aesthetics

"Podro's book is solid and reasonably well written, considering the often abstract and abstruse nature of the material. It does a service as both an accessible reference work on art historical theory and as a work of specialized historiography."—James Shedel, American Historical Review

"Podro not only reveals opposing views created by the various scholars but he, himself, by way of constant cross-references to interweaving theories, enters into the debates; in so doing he wonderfully clarifies positions."—Choice

"The author has provided a discursive, sensitive examination of several seminal art historians who attempted to formulate, often unsystematically, conceptions of visual artistry which could join all forms and expressions of art."—Richard Brilliant, Renaissance Quarterly

"Critical Historians Of Art is a very important and timely book. It examines with a rigour not to be found in other studies of this kind the writings of German art historians who established the basis of many of the guiding ambitions and concerns of arthistorical interpretation today."—Alex Potts, Burlington Magazine

ISBN: 9780300032406
Publication Date: September 10, 1984
286 pages, 6 x 9