The Practice of Art History Otto Pächt

ISBN: 9781872501314

Published: January 15th 2000

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The Practice of Art History  by  Otto Pächt

The Practice of Art History by Otto Pächt
January 15th 2000 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | | ISBN: 9781872501314 | 7.48 Mb

Here, for the first time in English, is Pachts well-known, fundamental text, Methodisches zur Kunsthistorischen Praxis. Pachts approach to art history is shaped by his conviction that visual art, like music, can say things in its own medium thatMoreHere, for the first time in English, is Pachts well-known, fundamental text, Methodisches zur Kunsthistorischen Praxis.

Pachts approach to art history is shaped by his conviction that visual art, like music, can say things in its own medium that cannot be said in any other. He aims to sharpen our perceptions by recreating the social and cultural context in which an object was made, clarifying unfamiliar notions of space and timeor significant gestures and symbols which are no longer recognizable. Each part of Pachts analysis is illustrated by reference to a specific manuscript, painting, building or sculpture, and his examples range fro medieval and Renaissance art through to the works of Rembrandt.

He explores the theories of major thinkers from Riegl, Wolfflin and Croce to Panofsky and Gombrich. But the emphasis always returns to the activity of looking, and Pachts greatest achievement is in showing the student and general reader alike how to practise art history in their own encounters with works of art.



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