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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He received his degree from Munich University in in philosophy, although he was already on a course to study the newly minted discipline of art history.

The word classic here denotes no judgment of value, for baroque has its classicism too. Visit our Beautiful Books hiztory and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Review quote “This new English translation Brunn was not on the committee. The composition is based on verticals and horizontals that echo the form of the frame and its delimiting function.

He is credited with having introduced the historh method of using twin parallel projectors in the delivery of art-history lectures, so that images could be compared when magic lanterns became less wpfflin. Baroque or, let us say, modern art is neither a rise nor a decline from classic, but a totally different art. Principles of Art History by Heinrich Wolfflina revolutionary attempt to construct a science of art through the study of the development of style, has been a foundational work of formalist art history since it was first published in In the closed form of the Renaissance painting, all the figures are balanced within the frame of the picture.


Not everything Is possible at all times. He taught at Basel, Berlin and Munich in the generation that raised German art history to pre-eminence. Book ratings by Goodreads.

The saints at the sides close off the picture with strong vertical accents, reinforced by the vertical accent of the throne in the centre. Planar means that the elements of the painting are arranged on a series of planes parallel to the picture plane. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Principles of Art History

Courier CorporationApr 26, – Art – pages. All these planes are parallel.

Page 14 – Of course, in the strictest sense of the word, there is nothing “finished”: Some figures are barely visible. The other figures are recessed along diagonals behind. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other books in this series. In the open form of the Baroque painting vigorous diagonals contrast with the verticals and horizontals of the frame. There is a feeling of space beyond the edges of the picture. Horizontal accents are provided by the steps of the throne and the horizontal canopy over the throne. Retrieved pronciples ” https: Views Read Edit View history. Vision itself has Its history, and the revelation of these visual strata must be regarded as the primary task of art history.


Wlfflln most important journal for aesthetics and philosophy of art, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticismpublished a special issue commemorating the th anniversary of the publication of the Principles inedited by Bence Nanay.

Principles of Art History

Principles of Art History: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. An Intellectual Biography’ Dissertation for an extended analysis of Woelfflin’s dissertation, where correct documentation can be found.

Sir Ernst Gombrich recalled being inspired by him, as well as Erwin Panofsky. At once systematic and subjective, and remarkable for its compelling descriptions of works of art, Wolfflin’s text has endured as an accessible yet rigorous approach to the study of style.