Picturing Art History

The Rise of the Illustrated History of Art in the Eighteenth Century

Ingrid R. Vermeulen

Ingrid R. Vermeulen

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

359 pages | 150 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $76.50 ISBN: 9789089640314 Published February 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Today’s book buyer takes for granted that books on art history will be illustrated with quality full-color reproductions of famous masterpieces. Yet it was only in the eighteenth century that art books began to be illustrated. In Picturing Art History, Ingrid R. Vermeulen investigates the role that illustrations played in the emergence of the field of art history, arguing that the reproduction collections of such scholars as Giovanni Bottari, Johann Winckelmann, and Jean-Baptiste Seroux d’Agincourt led to the belief that the artistic past should not be pictured as a history of artists, but as a history of works.

Contents
Introduction

1. Unfulfilled Projects to Illustrate Vasari: Bottari, Corsini's Print Collection and the Rise of Art-historical Illustration
    The Visualisation of Artistic Progress in Print Collections
    The Corsini Collection and its Discontents
    From Print Collecting into Art-historical Illustration
2. The Artistic Past at a Glance: Winckelmann, Cavaceppi's Drawing Collection and the Short Life of Drawn Art Histories
    The Prominence of Drawings
    Connoisseurship and the Invention of Art History
    The Cabinet of Art History
    Drawings and the Illustration of Art History
3. The 'Histoire de l'Art par les Monumens': D'Agincourt, his Reproduction Collection and the Birth of the Illustrated Survey
    The Book as Museum
    Illustrating the Artistic Past
    The Problem of Faithful Reproduction
    The Realization of the Illustrated Overview

Conclusion
Appendices
Archival Material 
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustration Credits
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