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The Shaping of Art History: Meditations on a Discipline Paperback – 15 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press (15 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271033061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271033068
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,460,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book brings profound issues into new and vivid focus."

--Angus Trumble, Yale Center for British Art

"At a moment when the discipline of art history is in flux, beset by new methodologies and conflicting theories of what matters in a work of art, it is refreshing to find a seasoned scholar stepping back and calmly appraising the strengths and weaknesses of the profession.

Wittily, lightly, endearingly, the author convinces readers that room still exists for passion and generosity in dealing with the universe of wonders that is the world of art."

--D. Pincus, Choice

"This wise and thoughtful book would make an excellent text for a methodology course and should be read by all who are interested in the field. Emison's reorientation of art history will seem confrontational to some, but for an old veteran like me, it was a very consoling read."

--David Wilkins, Renaissance Quarterly

"[The Shaping of Art History] would be a welcome read in an advanced undergraduate methodological survey, or even a master's level survey of methods. Even the nonspecialist could become absorbed in it. Hundreds of sentences in this book are quotable."

--Kathryn M. Rudy, Sixteenth Century Journal

About the Author

Patricia Emison is Professor of the History of Art at the University of New Hampshire. She is the author of The Simple Art: Printed Works on Paper in the Age of Magnificence (2006), Creating the 'Divine' Artist from Dante to Michelangelo (2004), and The Art of Teaching: Sixteenth-Century Allegorical Prints and Drawings (1986).

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