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ERIC Number: ED112933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul-2
Pages: 10
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Art Historians of the Past, Rare Book Collections as Depositories of Primary Sources.
Lenkey, Susan V.
Art historians of the present deal with the description, chronology, topography, and evaluation of works of architecture, sculpture, painting, and the minor arts. They connect works of art with sources and documents referring to their origin, their artists, and their techniques, and are interested in biographies and the reconstruction of the original environment of a work of art. Art historians of the past, on the other hand, did not call themselves by that name. They were poets, mimists, historians and chroniclers, architects, painters, naturalists, travelers, biographers, statesmen, members of the clergy, or private collectors, who in their writings touched one or another aspect of our present complex method of writing art history. By combining bits of information offered by authors from Homer to the 19th century, present historians can collect descriptive and historical information about ancient art works. Rare books are primary sources for such information. (Author/LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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