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Vermeer's Wager stands at the intersection of art history and criticism, philosophy and museology. Using a familiar and celebrated painting by Johannes Vermeer as a case study, Ivan Gaskell explores what it might mean to know and use a work of art. He argues that art history as generally practiced, while successfully asserting certain claims to knowledge, fails to take into account aspects of the unique character of works of art. Our relationship to art is mediated, not only through reproduction �6 particularly photography �6 but also through displays in museums. In an analysis that ranges from seventeenth-century Holland, through mid-nineteenth-century France, to artists' and curators' practice today, Gaskell draws on his experience of Dutch art history, philosophy and contemporary art criticism. Anyone with an interest in Vermeer and the afterlife of his art will value this book, as will all who think seriously about the role of photography in perception and the core purposes of art museums.

Synopsis:

Vermeer's Wager stands at the intersection of art history, philosophy, and museology. Using a familiar and celebrated painting by Johannes Vermeer as a case study, Ivan Gaskell explores what it might mean to know and use a work of art. He argues that art history as generally practised fails to take into account aspects of the unique character of works of art. Our relationship is mediated, not only through reproduction — particularly photography — but also through displays in museums.<P>In an analysis that ranges from seventeenth-century Holland to artists' and curators' practice today, Gaskell draws on his experience of Dutch art history, philosophy, and contemporary art criticism.

Synopsis:

Vermeer's Wager stands at the intersection of art history and criticism, philosophy and museology. Using a familiar and celebrated painting by Johannes Vermeer as a case study, Ivan Gaskell explores what it might mean to know and use a work of art. He argues that art history as generally practiced, while successfully asserting certain claims to knowledge, fails to take into account aspects of the unique character of works of art. Our relationship to art is mediated, not only through reproduction - particularly photography - but also through displays in museums. In an analysis that ranges from seventeenth-century Holland, through mid-nineteenth-century France, to artists' and curators' practice today, Gaskell draws on his experience of Dutch art history, philosophy and contemporary art criticism. Anyone with an interest in Vermeer and the afterlife of his art will value this book, as will all who think seriously about the role of photography in perception and the core purposes of art museums.

About the Author

Ivan Gaskell is Margaret S. Winthrop Curator at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. He is the co-editor of Vermeer Studies, and his most recent book is Politics and Aesthetics in the Arts (1999).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

1. Problems

2. Images

3. Objects

4. Copies

5. Etchings

6. Photographs

7. Commodities

8. Donors

9. Therapeutics

10. Subjects

References

Photographic Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861890726
Author:
Gaskell, Ivan
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Art appreciation
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - Museum
Subject:
Art museums
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
General Art
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Essays in Art and Culture
Series Volume:
106-72
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Vermeer's Wager stands at the intersection of art history, philosophy, and museology. Using a familiar and celebrated painting by Johannes Vermeer as a case study, Ivan Gaskell explores what it might mean to know and use a work of art. He argues that art history as generally practised fails to take into account aspects of the unique character of works of art. Our relationship is mediated, not only through reproduction — particularly photography — but also through displays in museums.<P>In an analysis that ranges from seventeenth-century Holland to artists' and curators' practice today, Gaskell draws on his experience of Dutch art history, philosophy, and contemporary art criticism.
"Synopsis" by ,
Vermeer's Wager stands at the intersection of art history and criticism, philosophy and museology. Using a familiar and celebrated painting by Johannes Vermeer as a case study, Ivan Gaskell explores what it might mean to know and use a work of art. He argues that art history as generally practiced, while successfully asserting certain claims to knowledge, fails to take into account aspects of the unique character of works of art. Our relationship to art is mediated, not only through reproduction - particularly photography - but also through displays in museums. In an analysis that ranges from seventeenth-century Holland, through mid-nineteenth-century France, to artists' and curators' practice today, Gaskell draws on his experience of Dutch art history, philosophy and contemporary art criticism. Anyone with an interest in Vermeer and the afterlife of his art will value this book, as will all who think seriously about the role of photography in perception and the core purposes of art museums.
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