The End of the History of Art?

Written by Hans Belting. Translated by Christopher S. Wood.
The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1987. 136 pp., 5¼x8".

In two essays German art historian Hans Belting discusses the conceptual models that have given structure to our notion of art history and to the issues it should address. In the first essay, Belting examines the estrangement of modern art scholarship and the practice, function, and experience of contemporary art, proposing that the art historical convention of viewing art as meaningful, progressive historical sequence is not necessarily relevant to the work itself. The second essay is a look at Vasari's Lives of the Artists as a model of historical methodology which has shaped the development of art history as a discipline. A stimulating examination of methods of inquiry in writing about art.

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