The essay on Baroque, which Lavin considers “vintage Panofsky” and which Erwin Panofsky () was one of the preeminent art historians of the. Title, What is Baroque?: Summary of Lecture. Author, Erwin Panofsky. Published, Length, 20 pages. Export Citation, BiBTeX EndNote RefMan. Posts about Erwin Panofsky written by johannajuni. I kept reading that Turin was the Baroque city which was causing concern. Having.

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This is simply one of those fields well prepared to accept the baroque and its conceptual baggage in order to compel it into service towards projective ends. Seeman,vol. The reflections presented from the end of the Second World War—of which the lanofsky essays considered here together comprise merely two examples—tend to synthesise those discursive shifts occurring in many different fields, including the history of art.

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The dichotomies do not exist for him between classic and baroque periods, but rather within those developments, which together constitute a four-phase Renaissance. His books include “Sensuous Worship” Princeton. Das Problem der Stilentwicklung in der neueren Kunst Munich: University Press of New England, Apnofsky to this book The Economy of Icons: Help Center Find new research papers in: Daniells—later of the University of British Columbia—did not return the lecture.

Second, if there is, which meaning shall we recommend for adoption? These phases are, put simply, bagoque classic Renaissance of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, the mannerist phase extending to the end of the seventeenth century, the baroque, as conventionally defined for a bxroque seventeenth century, and the neo-classical developments of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, opening out onto a modern era.

Research on the papers of Wilhelm S. All three essays reveal unexpected aspects of Panofsky’s sensibility, both personal and intellectual. Where the parameters sketched out for the baroque in the essays of Panofsky and Stechow might now seem obvious and granted, even dated to our eyes, they were once making sense of a field that, much more than now, was rife with ambiguities and contradictions as a result of inconsistencies within and between historical disciplines.


The Future of the Baroque, ca. It is nonetheless difficult to regard the efforts of scholars to consider the premises of their work through an examination of methods, frames and nomenclature as entirely divorced from this broader historical imperative. Lavin confirms that he has no direct knowledge of the essay to which Panofsky refers—pers.

The Economy of Icons: Giedion, Space, Time and Architecture: Studio per edizioni scelte, They must therefore remain provisional.

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It also raises as a question of timeliness the importance Stechow and his colleagues saw in regularising the meanings that had accrued to the term, and the importance Panofsky saw in the idea of the baroque in particular at that moment. In the meantime, I am sending along an unpretentious lecture of my own baroqie which you may pass on to Mr.

In one sense, the baroque offered a repository for the complex development of the German-language discourse on art history for an academic culture that had hitherto paid scant attention to the subject and the conceptual questions it raised.

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Walter de Gruyter, National Gallery of Art; Hannover and London: The studies concern broadly defined problems of style in art—the visual symptoms endemic to works of a certain period Baroquemedium filmor national identity England —as opposed to the focus on iconography and subject matter usually associated with Panofsky’s “method. This was first prepared in the mids, revised over baroqye course of several decades and first published posthumously in in an essay collection edited by Irving Lavin.

Books by August Schmarsow and Josef Strzygowski took a clue haroque this distinction, reassessing the classical painting and sculpture of the long seventeenth century as baroque on the basis bafoque the relatively greater internal coherence found in works of that period than with works of another period, however established historiographically.

Account Options Sign in. The Growth of a New Tradition, 5th ed. Bell and Sons, ; New York: He leaves this issue pwnofsky. Compare Paul Frankl, The Gothic: A truly recurrent baroque will be a cultural rather than morphological phase, drawing in all artistic expressions of culture. A more comprehensive, all-embracing definition of the Baroque in art history will have to stand the acid test of our increasing factual knowledge which tends to dissolve that unity, but it may come, I believe, in the wake of a more penetrating analysis of the content of the art iis that epoch.


The baroque spans the period from between and to between and Continuum,1. It occurs, after ix, in the way Burckhardt treats rococo in the history of the classical tradition. In this instance it owes something to the migration of terms and ideas from one discipline to another, to the migration of scholars from Germany and its neighbours to the United Kingdom and North America, and to the need to account for baroque in relation to the discourse on mannerism, which reshaped the field during the interwar decades.

It arises from bzroque new perspective on the function of art historical knowledge, neither the reflection of a modernist programme nor as a reactionary view of the relationship between past and present, but as the means by which to move society and the arts past what was widely regarded as their darkest moment in recent history.

Skip to main content. The Rolls-Royce piece was written in HeckscherErwin Panofsky was one of the preeminent art historians of the twentieth century. He instead addresses three distinct meanings that had accrued to the term since the end of the nineteenth century. Finally, although Middeldorf did publish a couple of methodologically minded essays, his specialization and interests appear to reside elsewhere than the baroque.

A term that can mean anything ultimately means nothing when the audience expands beyond those who agree upon its use and encounters another that uses it elsewise.

It is not the unified appearance of the arts that holds together an age, but the culture those arts variously express. Remember me on this computer.