German Art History and Scientific Thought: Beyond Formalism

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Mitchell Benjamin Frank, Daniel Allan Adler
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Art - 194 pages
A fresh contribution to the ongoing debate between Kunstwissenschaft (scientific study of art) and Kunstgeschichte (art history), this essay collection explores how German-speaking art historians of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century self-consciously generated a field of study. Prominent North American and European scholars provide new insights into how a mixing of diverse methodologies took place, in order to gain a more subtle and comprehensive understanding of how art history became institutionalized and legitimized in Germany. The essays provide illuminating treatments of art history's prior and understudied interactions with a wide range of scientific orientations, from psychology, sociology and physiognomics, to evolutionism and comparative anatomy.

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Mitchell B. Frank, Associate Professor of Art History at Carleton University, is the author of German Romantic Painting Redefined (2001) and Central European Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada (2007). Daniel Adler, Associate Professor of Art History at York University in Toronto, is the author of Hanne Darboven: Cultural History, 1880-1983 (Afterall Books, 2009).

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