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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Lavin confirms that he has no direct knowledge of the essay to which Panofsky refers—pers. Finally, although Middeldorf did publish a couple of methodologically minded essays, his specialization and interests appear to reside elsewhere than the baroque. Skip to main content. Manchester University Press, National Gallery of Art; Hannover and London: Heckscher Erwin Panofsky was one of the preeminent art historians of the twentieth us.

If the baroque age is marked by melancholy and humour, then these traits fulfil the promise of the fifteenth-century rise of the individual in Italian society and overcome his suppression through the first band of reactions to the Reformation.

Harvard University Press, Walter de Gruyter, Concerning Baroque as a style, I can only panofeky your friend to a forthcoming article by [Wolfgang] Stechow Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio but I do not know whether he already has proof prints and would be willing to give them avant la lettre. The essays briefly discussed here furthermore document a new standard against which we can now measure the uptake of a critico-historical and platonic baroque by the historical discourse on architecture among ie visual arts in the s and s.

In order to get closer to what Panofsky might have dispatched we can negotiate between the edited, published post version erqin the essay and the most widely distributed unpublished version of the lecture text.

Panofsky, Stechow and Middeldorf Where the parameters sketched out for the baroque in the erwkn of Srwin 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. This was first prepared in the mids, revised over the course of several decades and first published posthumously in in an essay collection edited by Irving Lavin.

Giedion, Space, Time and Architecture: Seeman,vol. These phases are, put simply, the classic Renaissance of the fifteenth and wjat sixteenth centuries, the mannerist phase extending to the end of the seventeenth century, the baroque, as conventionally defined for a long seventeenth century, and the neo-classical developments of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, opening out onto whay modern era.


Originally written as lectures for general audiences, they are composed in a id, informal manner, and are full of charm and wit.

A modus vivendi had been found in every field; scientists were no longer burnt like Giordano Bruno …; Roman sculptures were no longer hidden in cellars; the system of the church was now so powerful and undisputed that it could afford to be tolerant towards any vital effort, and more than that: In this instance it owes something to the migration of terms and ideas from one discipline to another, to the egwin 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.

Account Options Sign in. Another impending article by [Ulrich] Middeldorf Chicago University is concerned with the vicissitudes of the term and will certainly be of interest but has not appeared either so far as I know.


The baroque spans the ewin from between and to between and The future of the baroque, ca. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Research on the papers of Wilhelm S.

Columbia University Press, Thanks to Irving Lavin and Elizabeth Sears for their generous responses to my questions about the Panofsky-Heckscher correspondence.

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Thanks to Evonne Levy for sharing her research on this collection. Erwin PanofskyWilliam S. 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.

Campisano, Remember me on this computer. The dichotomies do not exist for him between classic and baroque periods, but rather within those developments, which together constitute a four-phase Renaissance. They continued to hold sway irrespective of the criticisms systematically mounted against them in academic literature and the lecture hall, and irrespective of the refinements made to them by his commentators.

What is Baroque?: Summary of Lecture – Erwin Panofsky – Google Books

It arises from a 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. This paper does not claim an undue influence of this body of work upon the post-war decades, but it does help historicise the possibilities that scholars saw in a term disarticulated from its formerly negative connotations, bound to cultural decay and the Counter Reformation project, and now operating within an expanded concept of the arts.

These essays also illustrate the imperative for history to act as a check on knowledge and its deployment—a key ethical theme in the wake of the horrific deformations of human reason embodied in the Holocaust. Daniells if you are sure that he will return it. A truly recurrent baroque will be a cultural rather than morphological phase, drawing in all artistic expressions of culture.


University of Toronto Press,in which he demonstrates a working knowledge of the by then well-known discourse on the translation of the term baroque from the field of the fine arts to that of literature. 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.

Three Essays on Style – Erwin Panofsky, William S. Heckscher – Google Books

Lavin has kindly made a copy of the various privately held versions of the lecture available for my consultation. The essays are framed by an introduction by Irving Lavin, Panofsky’s successor as Professor of Art History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, discussing the context of the essays’ composition and their significance within Panofsky’s oeuvre, and an insightful memoir by Panofsky’s former student, close friend, and fellow emigre, William Heckscher.

As a consequence, the term baroque undergoes, from this time, one of the periodic recalibrations to which it has been subject over the course of its life. It is not very good and full of typographical and other errors but he may get some ideas, if only by way of opposition. The Rolls-Royce piece was written in The reflections by Panofsky and Stechow—and the discourse they index— offers a cross-section of thinking around this problem.

He leaves this issue open. HeckscherErwin Panofsky was one of the preeminent art historians of the twentieth century.

Kunstwissenschaft und Barockforschung ca. 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 also raises as a question of timeliness the importance Stechow and his colleagues saw in regularising panofksy meanings that had accrued to the term, and the importance Panofsky saw in the idea of the baroque in particular at that moment.

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.

Introduction In a letter dated June 22,Erwin Panofsky wrote to his former student and fellow art historian William S. MIT Press- Art – pages.