A brilliant contribution to the methodology of art criticism, it features black- and-white illustrations of works Principles of Art History By: Heinrich Wölfflin. What are the fundamental differences between classic and baroque art? Is there a pattern underlying the seemingly helter-skelter development. PERIOD DISTINCTIONS. 4 Principles of Art History. HEINRICH WÖLFFLIN. Born of a wealthy family near Zurich in , Heinrich Wölfflin studied art history and.

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Contours are lost in shadow, swift brush-strokes bind separate parts together rather than isolating them from one another.

Planar means that the elements of the painting are arranged on a series of planes parallel to the picture plane. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of In contrast, hiistory a painterly painting, the figures are not evenly illuminated but are fused together, seen in a strong light which comes from one direction and reveals some things while it obscures others.

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In other projects Wikimedia Commons. All these planes are parallel.

Other books in this series. The composition is dynamic rather than static; it suggests movement and is full of momentary effects, as opposed to the tranquil repose of the Renaissance painting. In the Raphael, for example, the first plane is given by the small step in front.

Principles of Art History

Whether you teach art, study it, or want to understand it purely for your own enjoyment, this epoch-making study will certainly increase your comprehension of and pleasure in the world’s art heritage. What causes our entirely different reactions to precisely the same painting or to the same painter?


Review quote “This new English translation We use cookies to give you orinciples best possible experience. The word classic here denotes no judgment of value, for baroque has its classicism too.

Continuity and change in art: Some figures are barely visible. He taught at Basel, Berlin and Munich in the generation that raised German art history to pre-eminence. Popular passages Page 11 – Every artist finds certain visual possibilities before him, to which he is bound.

The composition is based on verticals and horizontals that echo the form of the frame and its delimiting function.

Figures are not simply contained within the frame, but are cut princiles by it at the sides. What are the fundamental differences between classic and baroque art? Cambridge University Pressp.

Horizontal accents are provided by the steps of the throne and the horizontal canopy over the throne. Examining such factors as style, quality, and mode of representation in terms of five opposed dynamisms the linear vs.

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It is considered now to be one of the founding texts of the emerging discipline of art history, although it was barely noted when it was published. The saint on the left is in line with the front edge of the next step back, while beyond is the plane of the rear of the throne. This article includes a list aet referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. The figures move back from the front plane, starting with the man pf the right, who directs our attention towards the woman on the left, and towards Christ, a little further back.


Wolfflin’s Principles of Art History has recently become more influential among art historians and philosophers of art.

Principles of art history: the problem of the development of style in later art

In What Style Should we Build? Not everything Is possible at all times. The boundaries of each solid element wlvflin human or principlws are definite and clear; each figure is evenly illuminated, and stands out boldly like a piece of sculpture. Page 14 – Of course, in the strictest sense of the word, there is nothing “finished”: The most important journal for aesthetics and philosophy of art, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticismheirnich a special issue commemorating the th anniversary of the publication of the Principles inedited by Bence Nanay.

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