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2072 Module Reading List

Art History and Art Historiography, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Will Rea
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue



Michael Podro (1982) The Critical Historians of Art. New Haven Yale University Press 1982   

You should have, by the end of the course, read this book. It will allow you to make much more sense of the course and see how each art historian here is working within a wider tradition that they may, or may not, agree with.

Other good survey texts:

Crow T (1999) The Intelligence of Art Durham, University of North Carolina Press   

Holly, M.A. (1984) Panofsky and the Foundations of Art History. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Mitchell, W.J.T. (1993) Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Harris, J. (2001) The New Art History: A Critical Introduction. New York and London: Routledge.

Week One: Joanne Crawford

The philosophical underpinnings of art history: Hegel and German Idealism

Jason Gaiger The aesthetics of Kant and Hegel in P Smith and C Wilde A companion guide to art history Blackwell, London, 2012.

Michael Podro ‘HEGEL’ in The Critical Historians of Art (Yale University Press, 1982) pp 17-31

Useful link (which gives you some further information about Hegel and his legacy for the history of art):

Week Two: : Eva Frojmovic: Original Sin

Nelson, Robert S. ‘The Map of Art History’, in The Art Bulletin Vol. 79, No. 1 (Mar., 1997), pp. 28-40  

Olin, Margaret, ‘From Bezalel to Max Liebermann: Jewish art in nineteenth-century art-historical texts’ in Jewish Identity in Modern Art History, ed. by Catherine M. Soussloff (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999), pp. 19-40  

Week Three  Richard Checketts: Baxandall and Materiality

Set Reading:

Michael Baxandall, ‘Material’, in The Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1980), pp. 27-48.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Further reading:

Malcolm Baker, ‘Limewood, Chiromancy and Narratives of Making. Writing about the Materials and Processes of Sculpture' in Art History vol. 21 no. 4 (1998), pp. 498-530.   

Antonio Gramsci, ‘Matter’ in Selections from the Prison Notebooks eds and trans. Quintin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1971), pp. 465-468.

Other key resources on Baxandall:

As well as the Malcolm Baker text, you might also wish to look at the volume of essays from which it is taken: About Michael Baxandall, ed. Adrian Rifkin (Oxford and Malden MA: Blackwell, 1999). This can be accessed in the Library, or via Wiley Online. A further important collection of essays you can find in the Library is: Michael Baxandall, Vision and the Work of Words, eds Peter Mack and Robert Williams (Farnham and Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2015).

Week Four  Will Rea: Aby Warburg

Key Reading:

Freedberg, D. ‘Warburg’s mask: A study in idolatry’ in Anthropologies of Art, ed by Wastermann, M., Yale University Press, New Haven and London 2005.  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 


Gombrich, E. H. "Aby Warburg: His Aims and Methods: An Anniversary Lecture." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 62 (1999): 268-82.   

Peter Loewenberg Aby Warburg, the Hopi serpent ritual and Ludwig Binswanger Psychoanalysis and history 19 (1) 2017 77-98  Available online  

Week Five Catherine Karkov:  Race and Nationalism

Key Readings:

Silveri and Stark ‘Reactionary Art Histories’ Selva: The journal of the history of art 2 (Fall 2020)   Available online  

McCannon Emile Male and Premodern Pleasures : Beauty, Colonial Discourse and the Middle Ages. English Language Notes 58:2 Oct 2020 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 08/02/2021) 

Emile Male 1958 The Gothic Image: Religious Art in France of the 13th Century.

Week Seven Abigail Harrison Moore

The Gothic Revival in c19th Architecture

Engels, Friedrich, The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845), Introduction.  

Morris, William, ‘The Revival of Architecture’, in Some Architectural Writers of the Nineteenth Century, ed. Pevsner, Nikolaus (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), pp. 315-324  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Pugin, A.W.N. An Apology for the Revival of Christian Architecture in England (Oxford: St Barnabus Press, 1968) (originally published 1843)

Ruskin, J., ‘The Nature of Gothic’, in The Stones of Venice, vol. 2 (London: George Allen, 1905)

Extracts from the latter three texts can be found in Architecture and Design in Europe and America, 1750-2000, ed. by Abigail Harrison Moore and Dorothy C. Rowe (London and New Malden: Blackwell, 2006),


Week Eight : Joanne Crawford: Expanding the Field of Sculpture.

Fried, Michael, ‘Art and Objecthood’ (1967), reprinted in Minimal Art: A Critical Anthology, ed. by G. Battock , pp.116-147.   Available online  

Krauss, Rosalind, ‘Sculpture in the Expanded Field’ from The Originality of the Avant Garde and Other Modernist Myths (MIT Press, 1986) pp 276-290.

Week Nine  Rebecca Starr The geo-politics of modern art 

Papastargaides and Mosquera  The geo-politics of contemporary art

Resende The Global South : conflicting narratives and the invention of geographies

Mingolo The North of the South and the West of the East

All articles on-line in Platform 008 6th November 2014.

Week 10 Elspeth Mitchell Feminist digital historiography

Kathryn Brown and Elspeth Mitchell, ‘Feminist Digital Art History’ in Routledge Companion to Digital Humanities and Art History ed Kathryn Brown (Routledge, 2020) 

Victoria Horne and Amy Tobin, ‘An unfinished revolution in art historiography, or how to write a feminist art history’ Feminist Review 107 (2014) pp.75-83. 

Roopika Risam, ‘Navigating the Global Digital Humanities: Insights from Black Feminism’ in Debates in the Digital Humanities eds. Matthew Gold and Lauren Klein (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Online here:


This list was last updated on 14/01/2022