Gombrich among the Egyptians and Other Essays in the History of Art by Robert BagleyGombrich among the Egyptians and Other Essays in the History of Art by Robert Bagley

Gombrich among the Egyptians and Other Essays in the History of Art

byRobert Bagley

Hardcover | September 17, 2015

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In this collection of essays, five previously published and three new in this volume, a western historian of Chinese art examines the received ideas of art history from the vantage point of another culture. On the premise that what we feel a need to explain and how we explain it alike depend on what we assume to be normal, the essays all adopt a comparative approach. Whatever body of material is taken as case study?Gothic churches, Egyptian reliefs, Chinese bronzes, Insular gospel manuscripts?the problems addressed are of broad general relevance to the discipline. They include the nature of art history?s styles and periods, iconography as explanation, the rationale for art historical description, technical studies and the artistic imagination, and histories of representation. Clear and accessible, this book will interest anyone concerned with the conduct of art historical scholarship and the origins and consequences of its practices.

Robert Bagley is professor emeritus in the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University. His recent publications include the chapter on art in the fourth volume of The Cambridge World History.
Title:Gombrich among the Egyptians and Other Essays in the History of ArtFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 12.25 × 9.35 × 0.78 inPublished:September 17, 2015Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents



Styles, Periods, and the Life Cycle of the Goblin

The First Paper Assignment

Meaning and Explanation

Interpreting Prehistoric Designs

Shang Ritual Bronzes: Casting Technique and Vessel Design

What the Bronzes from Hunyuan Tell Us about the Foundry at Houma

Ornament, Representation, and Imaginary Animals in Bronze Age China

Gombrich amond the Egyptians: The History of Art as a Contest between Seeing and Knowing

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Editorial Reviews

Since the late 1970s, the field of art history has been characterized by self-scrutiny that has, ironically, too often encouraged methodological self-satisfaction; these essays, in contrast, permit no intellectual complacency. The author does not hesitate to challenge fundamental concepts, principles, and practices, both those that have been explicitly articulated and those that have gone unquestioned. The criticisms he offers are neither trivial nor self-serving; they are often blunt, but they are justified. His book will engage all historians of art?professionals and advanced students?who are interested in the intellectual foundations of our discipline as well as scholars whose work involves more general intellectual history. - A. A. Donohue, Rhys Carpenter Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Bryn Mawr College