Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art

Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art Review

What are the fundamental differences between classic and baroque art? Is there a pattern underlying the seemingly helter-skelter development of art in different cultures and at different times? What causes our entirely different reactions to precisely the same painting or to the same painter?
In this now-classic treatise, published originally in Germany in the early 1920s, Professor Wölfflin provides an objective set of criteria to answer these and related questions. Examining such factors as style, quality, and mode of representation in terms of five opposed dynamisms (the linear vs. painterly, plane vs. recession, closed vs. open form, multiplicity vs. unity, and clearness vs. unclearness), the author analyzes the work of 64 major artists, delving even into sculpture and architecture. 150 illustrations of the work of Botticelli, van Cleve, Durer, Holbein, Brueghel, Bouts, Hals, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Titian, Vermeer, and other major figures accompany Professor Wölfflin's brilliant contributions to the methodology of art criticism.
Whether you teach art, study it, or want to understand it purely for your own enjoyment, this epoch-making study will certainly increase your comprehension of and pleasure in the world's art heritage.

Title:Principles of Art History: The Problem of the Development of Style in Later Art
Edition Language:English

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  • Frank

    One wonders whether Wölfflin thought he could make this stone of a book more digestible through insistent repetition. One day the German edition will come in my hands and I will be able to tell wheth...

  • Kate

    Can I actually claim that I read this? I was lulled into a torpor by selections from the work. ...

  • Jonette

    What a strange little book...if you don't want to burn it or want to tear your hair in the first thirty pages..something might be wrong with you. I have to say if it weren't required reading I would h...

  • Emma-Rose Beauchamp

    If you have no serious interest in art history, do not read this. It's not very enthralling. If you are interested in art history then take a look t this book and it may very well lend you a new way o...

  • Iscritto Iscritti

    The author gives these five dimensions to "evaluate" or better to understand a painting, so I found it very interesting. A bit verbose, though.The five "dimensions" are: linear vs. painterly, flat vs....

  • Katarina

    HRV: Pročitano za nastavu na faksu i korišteno u seminarima.ENG: Read for my college classes and used for seminars....

  • Maria Fernanda

    Essential for everyone who's trying to up their art game....

  • Hilal ?FT?

    Takip etmesi oldukça zor. Çeviriden ve döneminden kaynaklı günümüze uyarlanmış halini anlamak bana zor geldi....

  • Pavel Moiseenko

    В предисловии Генрих Вельфлин, швейцарский искусствовед, манифестирует свой стиль как «история искусств без...

  • Jen

    Before you start, know that this isn't a light, charming pleasure read. His language is highly formal (perhaps it's the translation). After reading this for the first time, I can vouch that this is a ...