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Art History: F21: VS 295 Art History Methods


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VS 290 Art History Methods - Recommended Resources

This course page is for students in Professor Alka Patel's VS 290 Art History Methods Fall 2021 seminar. On this page you'll find various links to recommended books, bibliographies, and resources to engage with methods on a deeper reading level.

  • Click here for recommended resources on: Hegel and the birth of art history; Connoisseurship; Formalism: Wolfflin and Riegl; Iconography & Panofsky
  • Clear here for recommended resources on: Marxism and the Social History of Art; Feminism; Psychoanalysis; Semiotics; Postcolonialism

Online Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO)
Launched in 2010, OBO s a web-based compendium of peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies and short encyclopedia entries maintained by Oxford University Press. It has been described as an "Anti-Google" because it is a more authoritative and trustworthy alternative to crowdsourced knowledge repositories like Wikipedia. 

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Art History

Literary and Critical Theory

Philosophy

Medieval Studies

Anthropology

African American Studies

Print Reference Literature:

Guide to the Literature of Art History (2004)

The literature of art history is well documented by these reference bibliographies published by the American Library Association (ALA). Annotates art and architecture books and journals published worldwide in the last two decades of the twentieth century. Critical selection of nearly all literature in art history, primarily in Western European languages.

Also search: Art -- History -- Bibliography

Theory & Methodology

"The line between theory & methodology is often fuzzy, and they're usually spoken of together --"theory and methodology"--so that they seem to come as a unit. It helps me to think of theory as the process of formulating research questions and methodology as the process of trying to answer those questions. Theory is what helps us frame our inquiries and set an agenda for work on particular topics, objects, or archives. Methodology, strictly speaking, is the set of procedures or ways of working that characterize an academic discipline. For art history, standard methodologies include formal analysis of works of art; laboratory analysis of works of art (to determine age, identify materials, or reconstruct the artist's working process); and research into related historical documents such as contracts, letters, or journals. In some fields, interviews with artists, patrons, and others involved in production are also possible. Each of these methodologies has its specific procedures and theories of practice."

--Anne D'alleva, "What's the difference between  theory and methodology?" in Methods & Theories of Art History

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