The Vienna School of Art History: Empire and the Politics of Scholarship, 1847–1918

Paperback | February 18, 2015

byMatthew Rampley

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Matthew Rampley’s The Vienna School of Art History is the first book in over seventy-five years to study in depth and in context the practices of art history from 1847, the year the first teaching position in the discipline was created, to 1918, the collapse of Austria-Hungary. It traces the emergence of art history as a discipline, the establishment of norms of scholarly inquiry, and the involvement of art historians in wider debates about the cultural and political identity of the monarchy.

The so-called Vienna School plays the central role in the study, but Rampley also examines the formation of art history elsewhere in Austria-Hungary. Located in the Habsburg imperial capital, Vienna art historians frequently became entangled in debates that were of importance to art historians elsewhere in the Empire, and Rampley pays particular attention to these areas of overlapping interest. He also analyzes the methodological innovations for which the Vienna School was well known. Rampley focuses most fully, however, on the larger political and ideological context of the practice of art history—particularly the way in which art-historical debates served as proxies for wider arguments over the political, social, and cultural life of the Habsburg Empire.

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Matthew Rampley’s The Vienna School of Art History is the first book in over seventy-five years to study in depth and in context the practices of art history from 1847, the year the first teaching position in the discipline was created, to 1918, the collapse of Austria-Hungary. It traces the emergence of art history as a discipline, th...

Matthew Rampley is Chair of Art History at the University of Birmingham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.61 inPublished:February 18, 2015Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271061596

ISBN - 13:9780271061597

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Founding a Discipline: Liberalism and the Idea of Scientific Method

2 Questions of Method: From Positivism to the History of Spirit

3 Beyond Vienna: The Growth of Art History Across the Habsburg Monarchy

4 An Art History of Austria-Hungary? Patriotism and the Construction of National Historiography

5 Baroque Art and Architecture: A Contested Legacy

6 Vernacular Cultures and National Identities: The Politics of Folk Art

7 Readings of Modern Art: Historicism, Impressionism, Expressionism

8 Between East and West

9 Saving the Past: Conservation and the Cult of Monuments

Epilogue: Continuity and Rupture After 1918

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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“The first quality one might expect in yet another book on [this] subject would be a fair and consistent referencing of . . . secondary literature. With The Vienna School of Art History: Empire and the Politics of Scholarship, 1847–1918, Matthew Rampley fulfills this expectation meticulously; indeed the latter quality pervades the work as a whole, deftly managing a large body of information and complex thought within what is not an overly long book.”—Stefan Muthesius, CAA.Reviews