The Books that Shaped Art History
The Books that Shaped Art History
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An exemplary survey that reassesses the impact of the most important books to have shaped art history through the 20th century.

Written by some of today’s leading art historians and curators, this provides an invaluable road map of the field by comparing and reexamining canonical works of art history. From Émile Mâle’s magisterial study of thirteenth-century French art, first published in 1898, to Hans Belting’s provocative Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art, the book provides a concise and insightful overview of the history of art, told through its most enduring literature.

Each of the essays looks at the impact of a single major book of art history, mapping the intellectual development of the writer under review, setting out the premises and argument of the book, considering its position within the broader field of art history, and analyzing its significance in the context of both its initial reception and its afterlife. An introduction by John-Paul Stonard explores how art history has been forged by outstanding contributions to scholarship and by the dialogues and ruptures between them.

  • Author: Richard Shone, John-Paul Stonard
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication date: April 2013
  • Hardback