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Art history

A critical introduction to its methods: 2nd edition

By Dorothy Price, Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk

Art history
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  • ISBN: 9781526154767
  • Publish Date: Sep 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5476-7
    • Pages: 288
    • Price: £15.99
    • Published Date: September 2025

    Description

    This popular textbook serves as a lively and stimulating introduction to methodological debates in art history. Offering a lucid account of approaches from Hegel to postcolonialism and decolonialism, it provides a sense of art history's own history as a discipline, from its emergence in the late-eighteenth century to the present day.

    By explaining the underlying philosophical and political assumptions behind each method and providing clear examples of how these are brought to bear on visual and historical analysis, the authors show that adherence to a certain method is, in effect, a commitment to a set of beliefs and values. The book makes a strong case for the vitality of the discipline and its methodological centrality to new fields such as visual culture. This second edition has been updated to cover the latest developments in gender studies, decolonialism and global art.

    Contents

    Preface to second edition
    1 Introduction
    2 A variety of interpretations: a preview
    3 Hegel and the birth of art history
    4 Connoisseurship
    5 Formalism: Heinrich Wölfflin and Alois Riegl
    6 Iconography-iconology: Erwin Panofsky
    7 Marxism and the social history of art
    8 Psychoanalysis
    9 Gender
    10 Semiotics
    11 Postcolonial, decolonial, global
    12 Conclusion
    Index

    Authors

    Dorothy Price is Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol
    Michael Hatt is Professor of Art History at the University of Warwick
    Charlotte Klonk is Professor of Art and New Media at Humboldt University of Berlin

    Art history

    By Dorothy Price, Michael Hatt, Charlotte Klonk

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