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Discourses and Strategies

The Role of the Vienna School in Shaping Central European Approaches to Art History and Related Discourses


Ján Bakos

This book consists of essays on the Vienna School’s impact on Central European art history, Walter Benjamin’s move from transhistoricism to historical relativism, Jacob Burckhardt’s legacy and its metamorphoses, two competing conceptions of the social history of art, and Ernst Gombrich’s life long struggle against metaphysics. All share a common denominator: concern with the trajectories of art historical ideas and their ideological instrumentality. However, the author’s aim in analysing the premises and intentions of art historical discourse is not to undermine the credibility of art history by reducing it to total epistemological relativism. The historiography of art historical theories and critical reflection on their ideological background is understood by the author as an auxiliary art historical subdiscipline.
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Ján Bakoš is Professor Emeritus in art history at Come-nius University, Bratislava and senior fellow at the Institute of Art History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He specializes in the history of art historiography, methodology of art history, social history of art, medieval painting and sculpture in Central Europe, Modern Slovak art and the theory and history of the protection of monuments. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Ars and the author of many publications including Dejiny a koncepcie stredovekého umenia na Slovensku / The History and Conceptions of Medieval Art in Slovakia / (1984), Der Tschecho-Slowakische Strukturalismus und die Kunstgeschichtsschreibung (1991), Peripherie und die kunsthistorische Entwicklung (1991), The Vienna School’s hundread and sixty-eight graduate: The Vienna School’s ideas revised by E.H. Gombrich (1996), Štyri trasy metodológie dejín umenia / Four Routes in Art History Methodology: The Vienna School, Czecho-Slovak Structuralism, the Russian Historiography of Art, Iconology & Semiotics /(2000),Monuments and Ideologies (2001) and Max Dvořák – A neglected Re-visionist (2004).He also edited The Past in the Present: Contemporary Art & Art History’s Myths (2002) and Artwork Through the Market (2004). In 2000 he was awarded the Herder-Prize by Vienna University.

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