BOOKS RECEIVED: Leslie Bedford, “The Art of Museum Exhibitions: How Story and Imagination Create Aesthetic Experiences” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Leslie Bedford, former director of the highly regarded Bank Street College museum leadership program, expands the museum professional’s vision of exhibitions beyond the simple goal of transmitting knowledge to the visitor. Her view of exhibitions as interactive, emotional, embodied, imaginative… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Christopher M. S. Johns, “The Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment” (Penn State UP, 2014)
Until relatively recently, most scholars considered the notion of a Catholic enlightenment either oxymoronic or even illusory, since the received wisdom was that the Catholic Church was a tireless and indefatigable enemy of modernist progress. According to Christopher Johns, however,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stern, Markschies, and Shalev-Eyni, eds., “The Monk’s Haggadah: A Fifteenth-Century Illuminated Codex from the Monastery of Tegernsee (Penn State UP, 2015)
In 1489, a magnificent illustrated Passover Haggadah was sent as a bequest to the Monastery of Saint Quirinus at Tegernsee in southern Germany. Shortly afterwards, the monastery’s librarian sent the book to a Dominican friar named Erhard von Pappenheim, a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Carmenita Higginbotham, “The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Urban Scene, Carmenita Higginbotham offers a significant and innovative reassessment of the ways in which race is deployed and read in interwar American art. By focusing on the works of urban realist Reginald Marsh and his contemporaries,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Cordula Grewe, “The Nazarenes: Romantic Avant-Garde and the Art of the Concept” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Nazarenes, Cordula Grewe presents a timely revisionist account of the Nazarenes, a group of early nineteenth-century German artists who have been occasionally reviled, but more often ignored, in the history of modern art. Viewing critically the effects… Read More
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