Can the reception of a single, widely disseminated book offer a historical road map for a global art history? This is the question posed by the editors of this volume of essays, which charts the enduring response to the Swiss art historian Heinrich Wölfflin’s Principles of Art History, first published in German in 1915. Translated into 22 languages and still in print in many of them, Wölfflin’s book inaugurated an art history based entirely on “forms of seeing” and employing a comparative method. Many of the translators and transmitters of the text are represented in essays on the book’s readership in Europe, North and South America, and South and East Asia. From its reception, positive and negative, the first genealogy of a global art history emerges.
Published by the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts/Distributed by Yale University Press
Evonne Levy is Distinguished Professor of Early Modern Art at the University of Toronto. Tristan Weddigen is director of the Bibliotheca Hertziana and professor of the history of early modern art at the University of Zurich.
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