Critical Approaches to Art History

Leslie Brubaker

in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199252466
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Critical Approaches to Art History

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Art historians have always employed a variety of methodological approaches to study Byzantine art. With the notable exception of Kurt Weitzmann, however, most Byzantinists have recently put an explicit emphasis on theory, tacitly adopting particular critical tactics without comment. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, debates on the nature of art and art history recognized, but did not often focus on, Byzantium. As a result, critical approaches to the art of the East Roman Empire remained essentially similar to the approaches to medieval art in general until the twentieth century. This article examines the critical approaches used to study the history of Byzantine art, focusing on the period before 1980 and during the 1980s.

Keywords: critical approaches; Byzantine art; Byzantium; art history; East Roman Empire; medieval art

Article.  3289 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Middle Eastern Languages

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