The poetics of the image: Art history and the rhetoric of interpretation

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/96277
Title:
The poetics of the image: Art history and the rhetoric of interpretation
Authors:
Rampley, M. (Matthew)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside
Citation:
Rampley, M. (2008) 'The poetics of the image: Art history and the rhetoric of interpretation', Marburger Jahrbuch der Kunstgeschichte, 35, pp.7-31.
Journal:
Marburger Jahrbuch der Kunstgeschichte
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/96277
Abstract:
The greater part of critical attention devoted to the contours of art history has focused on the Austro-German tradition and its legacy. Tracing the development of institutionalised art history in Germany, Switzerland and Austria-Hungary from the late nineteenth century onwards, historians of the discipline have seen how it both staked its claim to scholarly recognition through its ability to demonstrate its use of ‘scientific’ methods. As one commentator has stated: ‘art history endowed to demonstrate that its practice was as disciplined and rigorous as any other by mounting a discourse that was tough-minded, logical, detached, objective.’ Hence the period between the 1870s and the 1930s in particular witnessed an explosion of publications devoted to outlining systematic ‘principles’ of art historical investigation in the name of a ‘strenge Kunstwissenschaft.’ These ranged from the identification of concepts and structures of formal analysis through to the elaboration of systematic hermeneutic procedures. Linking all was the determination to provide an ‘objective’ value-free form of scientific inquiry. To quote one well-known assertion, that of Moriz Thausing in Vienna: ‘Ich kann mir die beste Kunstgeschichte denken, in der das Wort “schön” gar nicht vorkommt.’
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
art history; Germany; Switzerland; Austria; Hungary; kunstwissenschaft; interpretation
Rights:
No publisher policy information on http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 12/04/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 12/04/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorRampley, M. (Matthew)en
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T11:22:03Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T11:22:03Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationMarburger Jahrbuch der Kunstgeschichte; 35: 7-31en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/96277-
dc.description.abstractThe greater part of critical attention devoted to the contours of art history has focused on the Austro-German tradition and its legacy. Tracing the development of institutionalised art history in Germany, Switzerland and Austria-Hungary from the late nineteenth century onwards, historians of the discipline have seen how it both staked its claim to scholarly recognition through its ability to demonstrate its use of ‘scientific’ methods. As one commentator has stated: ‘art history endowed to demonstrate that its practice was as disciplined and rigorous as any other by mounting a discourse that was tough-minded, logical, detached, objective.’ Hence the period between the 1870s and the 1930s in particular witnessed an explosion of publications devoted to outlining systematic ‘principles’ of art historical investigation in the name of a ‘strenge Kunstwissenschaft.’ These ranged from the identification of concepts and structures of formal analysis through to the elaboration of systematic hermeneutic procedures. Linking all was the determination to provide an ‘objective’ value-free form of scientific inquiry. To quote one well-known assertion, that of Moriz Thausing in Vienna: ‘Ich kann mir die beste Kunstgeschichte denken, in der das Wort “schön” gar nicht vorkommt.’en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsNo publisher policy information on http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 12/04/2010]en
dc.subjectart historyen
dc.subjectGermanyen
dc.subjectSwitzerlanden
dc.subjectAustriaen
dc.subjectHungaryen
dc.subjectkunstwissenschaften
dc.subjectinterpretationen
dc.titleThe poetics of the image: Art history and the rhetoric of interpretationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teessideen
dc.identifier.journalMarburger Jahrbuch der Kunstgeschichteen
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 12/04/2010]en
or.citation.harvardRampley, M. (2008) 'The poetics of the image: Art history and the rhetoric of interpretation', Marburger Jahrbuch der Kunstgeschichte, 35, pp.7-31.-
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