Learn more about the actions Yale University Press is taking. To learn more about how to access this book, please contact us. ISBN: Paper. Michael Baxandall's topic is how to ascribe the right intentions to the makers of works of visual art, how to do this justly and in ways that are relevant to an understanding —his word is 'explanation'—the work.
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Learn more about the actions Yale University Press is taking. To learn more about how to access this book, please contact us. ISBN: Paper. Michael Baxandall's topic is how to ascribe the right intentions to the makers of works of visual art, how to do this justly and in ways that are relevant to an understanding —his word is 'explanation'—the work. This book deserves to be read with as much serious attention by philosophers as by art historians.
Both sort of reader will get much delight from it. Here is real guidance to how to look. Skip to main content. On the Historical Explanation of Pictures. Description Reviews. Out of Print Distinguished art historian Michael Baxandall here discusses the historical understanding of works of art: how we can discover the intentions of an artist living in a different time and culture and to what extent we can test and evaluate a historical interpretation of a picture.
Analyzing in detail paintings by Picasso, Chardin, and Piero della Francesca, Baxandall shows how this inferential criticism sharpens our legitimate satisfaction in the art works themselves. Both sorts of reader will get much delight from it. Also of Interest More from this Author. Edited by Christopher P.
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The Art History of Michael Baxandall, Part 2: What is Inferential Criticism of Art?
This entry continues a series of posts on the art historian Michael Baxandall Subsequent posts in the series can be found here , here , and here. But the operative word here is inferential. Baxandall draws a crucial distinction between art writing that tries to recount the stroke-by-stroke stages by which a painter creates a picture and art writing that uncovers the salient circumstances that shape the concrete intentions that produce artworks. The problems that arise for the inferential critic are precisely those that define the procedure of making inferences. Moreover, this critical impulse is driven by the notion that in the making of pictures, painters Picasso in Chapter 2, Piero in Chapter 3, and, in the case of Chapter 1, bridge-builder Benjamin Baker are problem-solvers. Let us consider what Baxandall means by this before enumerating the difficulties he sees in making this assumption.
Patterns of Intention: On the Historical Explanation of Pictures
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Patterns of Intention