n De Arte - The Oxford History of Western Art, M. Kemp : book review

Volume 2001, Issue 63
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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The Oxford University Press advertising for this volume touts it as 'The most important new art history for 50 years'. To substantiate this statement, the advantages over other art histories are listed as (among other things) 'innovative way[s] of looking at art in context by social historical periods rather than the traditional stylistic categories ... [the examination of] key issues of interpretation such as patronage, physical contexts, viewing and reception, gender and race...exceptionally wide coverage of Western visual culture, including the applied arts, design, and photography as well as cross-fertilizations with non-Western traditions such as Latin American, African, and Afro-Caribbean art'.

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