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AbstractThis co-authored essay remains an exemplary model of cultural geography applied to the history of art. Rejecting the conventional model of art and territory, it proposes “center” and “periphery” as the axis for the investigation of the history of Italian art. Central to the thesis is the...
AbstractOkamoto Tarô is one the most prominent intellectuals and artists of postwar Japan. His “On Jômon Ceramics” marks the beginning of his engagement with prehistoric Japanese culture. Published in 1952 in the Japanese journal Mizue, the article was highly controversial as it challenged the...
AbstractIn 1901 Professor Josef Strzygowski of Graz University published a highly controversial book entitled Orient oder Rom: Beiträge zur Geschichte der spätantiken und frühchristlichen Kunst (Orient or Rome: Contributions to the History of Late Classical and Early Christian Art), in which he...
AbstractThis essay by Voldemaārs Matvejs, published in 1919, five years after the author's death, is a pioneering investigation into the aesthetics of African works of art that he had seen in European collections. Inspired by the use of “primitive” sources by contemporary artists such as Picasso...
AbstractNikolai Chuzhak's article, first published in 1923 in the Russian avant-garde journal Lef, is a plea for a production art based on Marxist dialectics and a rejection of bourgeois aesthetics. The text traces the development of ideas of production art, providing a critique of the...
AbstractThe Argentine author José Burucúa is a key figure in the introduction and dissemination of Aby Warburg's theories to scholarship in Latin America. In this article he tests Warburg's concept of Pathosformel to discuss the development of visual culture in Andean pre-Hispanic art and...
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