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  • Image of Catherine Asher's book, The New Cambridge History of India

    The New Cambridge History of India

    Author: Catherine Asher
    The first comprehensive study of the development and spread of architectural achievement under the Mughal emperors, this book is now required reading in South Asian art history.

  • Image of Catherine Asher's book, India before Europe.

    India Before Europe

    Authors: Catherine Asher and Cynthia Talbot
    A journey across the political, religious, and cultural landscapes of medieval India 1200 to 1750, before the European intervention.

  • Image of Catherine Asher's book, Perceptions of South Asia's Visual Past.

    Perceptions of South Asia's Visual Past

    Edited by: Catherine Asher and Thomas Metcalf
    These collected essays explore how attitudes toward South Asia’s visual past shaped a distinctive historical consciousness, a “canon” inextricably bound up with colonialism’s narrative.

  • The front cover of Jane Blocker's book, Becoming Past: History in Contemporary Art

    Becoming Past: History in Contemporary Art

    Author: Jane Blocker
    This book investigates temporality and the moving target of contemporary art history in light of artists whose works are engaged with historical subject matter, methods, and modes of inquiry.

  • Cover of Jane Blocker's book, Seeing Witness

    Seeing Witness: Visuality and the Ethics of Testimony Author

    Author: Jane Blocker
    Challenging the implicit authority of witnessing the book examines a series of contemporary artworks that make the act of witnessing visible, and thus open to inspection and critique.

  • Image of Jane Blocker's book, What the Body Cost

    What the Body Cost

    Author: Jane Blocker
    Revisiting key works in performance art the book challenges earlier critiques that characterize performance, or body art, as a purely revolutionary art form and fail to recognize its reactionary—and sometimes damaging—effects.

  • Cover of Jane Blocker's book, Where is Ana Medieta?

    Where is Ana Mendieta

    Author: Jane Blocker
    An in-depth critical analysis of the Cuban-born artist’s diverse body of work, considering the history of performance art, installation, and earth works, as well as feminism, multiculturalism, and postmodernism.

  • Image of Michael Gaudio's book, The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England

    The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England

    Author: Michael Gaudio
    This book examines the visual culture of print in 17th-century England through the lens of hand-made bible concordances composed by the Ferrar-Collet women of Little Gidding.

  • Image of Michael Gaudio's book, Engraving the Savage

    Engraving the Savage

    Author: Michael Gaudio
    This book analyzes how the craftmanship of popular engravings of Native American Indians defined the nature of Western civilization by producing an image of its “savage other” and shaping Western responses to indigenous peoples.

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    Sound, Image, Silence

    Author: Michael Gaudio
    This book explores the role that aural imagination played in representations of the New World. It gives us both a new way of understanding sound in art and a powerful new vision of the New World.

  • Book Cover of Color in the Age of Impressionism by Laura Anne Kalba

    Color in the Age of Impressionism

    Author: Laura Anne Kalba
    This study analyzes the impact of color-making technologies on the visual culture of nineteenth-century France, from the early commercialization of synthetic dyes to the Lumière brothers’ perfection of the autochrome color photography process.

  • Image of Jennifer Marshall's book, Machine Art, 1934

    Machine Art 1934

    Author: Jennifer Marshall
    This winner of the Robert Motherwell Book Award tells the history of the popular but controversial show of machine parts and products at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, produced in the climate of the interwar period and the Great Depression.

  • Image of Steven Ostrow's book, Art and Spirituality in Counter-Reformation Rome

    Art and Spirituality in Counter-Reformation Rome

    Author: Steven Ostrow
    An interdisciplinary study of two of the most complex public monuments built in the papal capital during the Counter-Reformation and an interpretive reading of their artistic programs.

  • Image of Steven Ostrow's book, L'arte Dei Papi

    L'arte dei papi: La politica delle immagini nella Roma della controriforma

    Author: Steven Ostrow
    An original and detailed analysis of the historical significance of papal policy in the field of architecture and figurative art, relying in particular on the example of Santa Maria Maggiore.

  • Image of Steven Ostrow's book, Bernini's Biographies

    Bernini's Biographies

    Edited by: Steven Ostrow et al.
    This essay collection by historians of art and literature marks the first sustained examination of the two biographies, first and foremost as texts.

  • Image of Steven Ostrow's book, Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture

    Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture

    Edited by: Steven Ostrow et al.
    This book stakes out a new frontier of research on 17th-century sculpture in Rome, looking beyond questions of technique and attribution to focus instead on questions of historical context and criticism.

  • Image of Robert Silverman's book, American Photography: A Century of Images

    American Photography: A Century of Images

    Authors: Vicky Goldberg, Robert Silberman, and Garrett White
    This companion book to the PBS series considers some of the 20th century's best-known photographs, examining the diverse roles photography has played in shaping our lives.

  • Image of Gabriel Weisberg's book, Redefining Genre

    Redefining Genre: French and American Painting, 1850–1900

    Author: Gabriel Weisberg
    This catalogue for an exhibition from a French museum examines the period’s developments in genre painting, including subjects, influences, and techniques.

  • Image of Gabriel Weisberg's book, Against the Modern

    Against the Modern

    Author: Gabriel Weisberg
    Coinciding with an exhibition by the Dahesh Museum of Art, this book pays special attention to the evolution of the artist's work, and brings attention to the real diversity and accessibility that has made Dagnan-Bouveret's work of lasting value.

  • Image of Gabriel Weisberg's book, Japanomania in the Nordic Countries, 1875–1918

    Japanomania in the Nordic Countries

    Edited by: Gabriel Weisberg et al.
    This study of Japanese influence on the visual arts in Scandinavia reveals how widespread interest in Japanese aesthetics helped to establish notions of a fundamental unity between the arts.

  • Image of Gabriel Weisberg's book, Illusions of Reality

    Illusions of Reality

    Author: Gabriel Weisberg
    This book traces Naturalism's development and relationship between different art forms, paying attention to the way artists used Naturalism as a vehicle for understanding the lives of ordinary people at a time of great social transformation.