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Art's Agency and Art History (New Interventions in Art History)

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Art’s Agency and Art History develops a scintillating dialogue between anthropology and art history. It throws the subject of the anthropology of art into striking and much-needed relief, by re-articulating its relationships to key methodological and theoretical approaches in art history, sociology, and linguistics. Using Alfred Gell’s influential work as a touchstone, the book showcases nine groundbreaking case studies by an internationally renowned group of art historians and art theorists. Following an accessible introductory to Gell’s anthropology of art, and its relationship with contemporary art history, the collection explores concepts and perspectives in a wide range of contexts, ranging from such cultures as Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, to those of Classical Greece and Rome, Imperial China, the Moche of Peru, and finally the modern Western world.

Book News Annotation:

As the title suggests, this group of essays engages with the theoretical approach set forth by Alfred Gell in his 1998 work Art and agency; an anthropological theory. Articles are offered by classicists, anthropologists, archaeologists, and art historians who teach in the UK and the US. The nine articles consider objects created in ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, Elizabethan England, ancient Greece and Rome, and Peru. Osborne (ancient history, U. of Cambridge, UK) and Tanner (classical archaeology, University College, London, UK) contribute a lengthy introductory essay applying Gell's theory to the practice of art history. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Art's Agency and Art History re-articulates the relationship of the anthropology of art to key methodological and theoretical approaches in art history, sociology, and linguistics.

  • Explores important concepts and perspectives in the anthropology of art

  • Includes nine groundbreaking case studies by an internationally renowned group of art historians and art theorists

  • Covers a wide range of periods, including Bronze-Age China, Classical Greece, Rome, and Mayan, as well as the modern Western world

  • Features an introductory essay by leading experts, which helps clarify issues in the field

  • Includes numerous illustrations

Synopsis:

Art's Agency and Art History re-articulates the relationship of the anthropology of art to key methodological and theoretical approaches in art history, sociology, and linguistics.

About the Author

Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge. He writes widely across the range of Greek history, Greek archaeology, and Classical art history. He is the author of Archaic and Classical Greek Art (1998) and of Greek History (2004).

Jeremy Tanner is a lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he teaches Classical archaeology and comparative art. He is the editor of The Sociology of Art: a Reader (2003), and the author of The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society and Artistic Rationalisation (2006)

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Preface.

Preface.

List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.

1. Introduction: Art and Agency and Art History: Jeremy Tanner (University College London ) and Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge).

2. Enchantment and Sacrifice in Early Egypt: David Wengrow (University College London).

3. Agency Marked, Agency Ascribed: The Affective Object in Ancient Mesopotamia: Irene J. Winter (Harvard University).

4. Portraits and Agency: A Comparative View: Jeremy Tanner (University College London).

5. The Agency of, and the Agency for, the Wanli Emperor: Jessica Rawson (University of Oxford).

6. The Material Efficacy of the Elizabethan Jeweled Miniature: a Gellian Experiment: Jessen Kelly (University of California at Berkeley).

7. Representational Art in Ancient Peru and the Work of Alfred Gell: Jeffrey Quilter (Peabody Museum, Harvard).

8. Gell's Idols and Roman Cult: Peter Stewart (Courtauld Institute of Art in London).

9. Sex, Agency, and History: the Case of Athenian Painted Pottery: Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge).

10. Abducting the Agency of Art: Whitney Davis (University of California at Berkeley).

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405135375
Author:
Osborne, Robin
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Editor:
Tanner, Jeremy
Author:
Tanner, Jeremy
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Art and society
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art -- Historiography.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
Art History & Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
New Interventions in Art History
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 18 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Art's Agency and Art History re-articulates the relationship of the anthropology of art to key methodological and theoretical approaches in art history, sociology, and linguistics.

  • Explores important concepts and perspectives in the anthropology of art

  • Includes nine groundbreaking case studies by an internationally renowned group of art historians and art theorists

  • Covers a wide range of periods, including Bronze-Age China, Classical Greece, Rome, and Mayan, as well as the modern Western world

  • Features an introductory essay by leading experts, which helps clarify issues in the field

  • Includes numerous illustrations

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