Readings


SES # LECTURE Topics READINGS
 1 Introduction: What is Art? No readings assigned.
2a Learning to Look/Interpreting What We See

Buy at Amazon John Berger, Ways of Seeing (London: Penguin, 1972), 7–33. ISBN: 9780140135152.

Buy at Amazon Marita Sturken and Lisa Cartwright, “Images, Power, and Politics,” in Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), 9–48. ISBN: 9780195314403.  

2b The Devotional Image

Buy at Amazon Michael Baxandall, “Conditions of Trade,” in Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century Italy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), 1–29. ISBN: 9780192821447.

3a Pictorial Space and Perspective

Buy at Amazon Leon Battista Alberti, “On Painting” (1453), in Italian Art, 1400–1500: Sources and Documents, ed. C. Gilbert (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1991), 51–75. ISBN: 9780810110342.

3b Media Revolutions: Paint and Print in the North

Buy at Amazon Joseph Koerner, “Albrecht Dürer: A Sixteenth-Century Influenza,” in Giulia Bartram et al., Albrecht Dürer and his Legacy: The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), 18–38. ISBN: 9780691114934.

4a Worlding the Italian Renaissance

Jill Burke, “Nakedness and Other Peoples: Rethinking the Renaissance Nude.” Art History 36, no. 4 (2013): 714–739.

Buy at Amazon Paul Wood, “Renaissance and Old World,” in Western Art and the Wider World (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), 12–51. ISBN: 9781444333923.

4b Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael: Making Renaissance Art

Buy at Amazon Leonardo on Painting: An Anthology of Writings, ed. M. Kemp (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989), 9–10, 19, 38–46, 220–228. ISBN: 9780300090956.

Buy at Amazon William E. Wallace, “A Week in the Life of Michelangelo,” in Looking at Italian Renaissance Sculpture, ed. S. Blake McHam (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), 203–22. ISBN: 9780521479219.

5a Representing Women

Buy at Amazon Suzanna Danuta Walters, “Visual Pressures. On Gender and Looking” in Material Girls: Making Sense of Feminist Cultural Theory (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), 50–66. ISBN: 9780520089785.

Rose Marie San Juan, “The Court Lady's Dilemma: Isabella d'Este and Art Collecting in the Renaissance.” Oxford Art Journal, 14/1 (1991), 67–78.

5b The Status of the Artist

Buy at Amazon Linda Nochlin, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” (1971), in Women, Art, Power and Other Essays (New York: Harper & Row, 1988), 145–178. ISBN: 9780064301831.

Buy at Amazon Giorgio Vasari, “Introduction” (optional) and “Preface” (1550) to Vasari, The Lives of the Artists, ed. J.C. Bondanella and P. Bondanella (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), vii–xiv, 3–6. ISBN: 9780199537198.

6 Art as Theater in 17th-Century Rome

Genevieve Warwick, “Speaking Statues: Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne at the Villa Borghese”. Art History 27 (2004): 353–381.

7 Dutch Art in Global Perspective

Buy at Amazon Julie Hochstrasser, “Remapping Dutch Art in Global Perspective: Other Points of View,” in Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art since the Age of Exploration, ed. Mary D. Sheriff (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010), 43–71. ISBN: 9780807872703.

Buy at Amazon Thijs Weststeijn, “Cultural Reflections on Porcelain in the 17th-Century Netherlands,” in Chinese and Japanese Porcelain for the Dutch Golden Age, ed. J. van Campen and Titus Eliens (Amsterdam: Uitgeverij De Kunst, 2014), 213–229. ISBN: 9789491196805.

8a Art and Absolutism in France and Spain

Buy at Amazon Norman Bryson, “The Legible Body: Le Brun,” in French Painting of the Ancien Régime (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981), 29–57. ISBN: 9780521276542.

8b Public Exhibitions: Enter the Art Critic

Buy at Amazon Thomas Crow, “The Salon Exhibition in the Eighteenth Century,” in Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985), 1–22. ISBN: 9780300033540.

Buy at Amazon Étienne de La Font de Saint Yenne, “Reflections on Some Causes of the Present State of Painting in France,” in Art in Theory, 1648–1815, ed. Charles Harrison et al. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2000), 554–561. ISBN: 9780631200642.

9a The Lure of the Antique

Buy at Amazon Johann Joachim Winckelmann, from Reflections on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture (1755) in Art in Theory, 1648–1815, 450–456. ISBN: 9780631200642.

Buy at Amazon Anonymous, Salon reviews from Mémoires Secrets (1783, 1785) in Art in Theory, 1648–1815, 695–701. ISBN: 9780631200642.

Buy at Amazon Andrew McClellan, “Nationalism and the Origins of the Museum in France,” in The Formation of National Collections of Art and Archaeology (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1996), 29–39. ISBN: 9780894682025.

9b Beyond Representation: Color and Touch

Angela Dunstan, “Nineteenth-Century Sculpture and the Imprint of Authenticity.” Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 19 (2014).

Peter John Brownlee, “Color Theory and the Perception of Art.” American Art 23, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 21–24.

Buy at Amazon Judith Walsh, “Winslow Homer and the Color Theories of Michel-Eugène Chevreul,” in Watercolors by Winslow Homer: The Color of Light, ed. Martha Tedeschi and Kristi Dahm (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 198–205. ISBN: 9780865592261.

Buy at Amazon Jordanna Bailkin, “Indian Yellow: Making and Breaking the Imperial Palette,” in Empires of Vision: A Reader, ed. Martin Jay and Sumathi Ramaswamy (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014), 91–110. ISBN: 9780822354482.

10 Romanticism and Empire

Buy at Amazon Edward Said, Orientalism (1978), anthologized in Art in Theory, 1900–2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, ed. C. Harrison and P. Wood (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003), 1005–1009. ISBN: 9780631227083.

Buy at Amazon Linda Nochlin, “The Imaginary Orient,” in The Politics of Vision: Essays on Nineteenth-Century Art and Society (New York: Westview Press, 1989), 33–59. ISBN: 9780064301879.

Buy at Amazon Zeynep Çelik, “Speaking Back to Orientalist Discourse,” in Orientalism’s Interlocutors: Painting, Architecture, Photography, ed. J. Beaulieu and M. Roberts (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002), 19–42. ISBN: 9780822328742.

11a Photography and Photographic Truth

Buy at Amazon Charles Baudelaire, “The Modern Public and Photography,” and Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Stereoscope and the Stereograph,” in Art in Theory, 1815–1900: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 1998), 666–672. ISBN: 9780631200666.

Buy at Amazon Jonathan Crary, excerpt on the stereoscope from Techniques of the Observer (1990), in The Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture Reader, ed. V. Schwartz and J. M. Przyblyski (New York: Routledge, 2004), 82–92. ISBN: 9780415308663.

Richard Kreitner, “Stereoscopes could change how we see the world—again.” Boston Globe, August 16, 2015.

11b The Artist and the City

Buy at Amazon Charles Baudelaire, “The Painter of Modern Life” (1863), in Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays, ed. J. Mayne (London: Phaidon Press, 1995), 1–41. ISBN: 9780714833651.

12 The Artist and the City, part 2

Buy at Amazon Griselda Pollock, “Modernity and the Spaces of Femininity,” in Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and the Histories of Art (London and New York: Routledge, 1988), 50–90. ISBN: 9780415007221.

13a Modernist Primitivism

Simon Gikandi, “Picasso, Africa, and the Schemata of Difference.” Modernism/Modernity 10 (2003): 455–80.

Buy at Amazon Mark Antliff and Patricia Leighten, “Primitive,” in Critical Terms for Art History, ed. R. S. Nelson and R. Shiff, 2nd edition, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), 217–233. ISBN: 9780226571683.

13b Surrealism and Dada

Buy at Amazon Tristan Tzara, “Dada Manifesto,” and Richard Huelsenbeck, “First German Dada Manifesto,” in Art in Theory, 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, ed. C. Harrison and P. Wood (Oxford: Blackwell, 2003), 252–259. ISBN: 9780631227083.

Buy at Amazon William Pietz, “Fetish,” in Critical Terms for Art History, ed. R. S. Nelson and R. Shiff, 2nd edition, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003) 306–317. ISBN: 9780226571683.

14a Abstract Expressionism: Art and Politics

Buy at Amazon Eva Cockroft, “Abstract Expressionism: Weapon of the Cold War” (1974), anthologized in Art In Modern Culture: An Anthology of Critical Texts, ed. Francis Frascina and Jonathan Harris (London: Phaidon Press, 1992), 82–90. ISBN: 9780064302241.

Buy at Amazon David Craven, “Introduction,” “Abstract Expressionism and Afro-American Marginalization,” and “Dissent During the McCarthy Period,” in Reading Abstract Expressionism: Context and Critique, ed. E. Landau (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005), 510–526. ISBN: 9780300106138.

14b After the Art Object: From Pop to Performance

Buy at Amazon Thomas Crow, “Saturday Disasters: Trace and Reference in Early Warhol,” in Modern Art in the Common Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996), 49–65. ISBN: 9780300064384.

Buy at MIT Press Buy at Amazon Adrian Piper, “Performance and the Fetishism of the Art Object” (1981), in Out of Order, Out of Sight, Vol. II: Selected Writings in Art Criticism, 1967-1992 (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996), 51–61. ISBN: 9780262661539.

15 Where We Are Now; Concluding Thoughts

Kate Cowcher, “Luanda Onde Está? Contemporary African Art and the Rentier State.” Critical Interventions 8, no. 2 (2014): 140–159.