The Early Years of Art History in the United States

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Art history became established as an academic discipline in the United States between 1865 and 1895, when courses were introduced not only at Yale, Princeton, and Harvard, but also at Vassar, Syracuse, Wellesley, Rockford Female Seminary, Radcliffe, and Bryn Mawr. The prominent early role of the women's colleges and smaller universities is just one of the areas investigated in this volume on the genesis and early development of art history in the United States. Other essays focus on single departments of art history, examining the early subjects and methods of American art history and the way in which its practitioners responded to and assimilated contemporary developments in other fields, particularly history, the sciences, and philosophy. A final section examines some of the great scholarly personalities that dominated the field in the early years of this century. The volume includes a complete reprint of E. Baldwin Smith's 1912 survey The Study of the History of Art in the Colleges and Universities of the United States (Princeton).


The contributors include Pamela Askew, Lauren Weiss Bricker, John Coolidge, Julius Held, Sybil Kantor, George Kubler, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, Phyllis Williams Lehmann, Hayden Maginnis, Agnes Mongan, Henry Millon, Donald Preziosi, Michael Rinehart, Linda Seidel, Claire Richter Sherman, Craig Hugh Smyth, Mary Ann Stankiewicz, David Van Zanten, and Edward Warburg.


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"Richly varied and fascinating reading."--The Oxford Art Journal

"Nothing remotely like this collection has existed before, and this will now be the place to begin for anyone interested in information concerning the founding institutions and art historians."--Choice

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