Past And Present In Art And Taste Selected Essays

Celebrated for bringing a personal touch to history in her Pulitzer Prize–winning epic The Guns of August and other classic books, Barbara W. Tuchman reflects on world events and the historian’s craft in these perceptive, essential essays.
From thoughtful pieces on the historian’s role to striking insights into America’s past and present to trenchant observations on the international scene, Barbara W. Tuchman looks at history in a unique way and draws lessons from what she sees. Spanning more than four decades of writing in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Harper’s, The Nation, and The Saturday Evening Post, Tuchman weighs in on a range of eclectic topics, from Israel and Mao Tse-tung to a Freudian reading of Woodrow Wilson. This is a splendid body of work, the story of a lifetime spent “practicing history.”
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Review of J. Bodonyi, Enstehung und Bedeutung des Goldgrundes in der spätantiken Bildkomposition, Kritische Berichte zür Kunstgeschichtlichen Literatur, Vol. 5 (1932/3), 1935, pp.65-75 [Trapp no.1935D.1]

Review of Mary Dorothy George, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires. Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. Vol. VI, 1, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 76, 1940, pp.32 [Trapp no. not recorded]

Review of R. W. Pickford, The Psychology of Cultural Change in Painting, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 87, 1945, pp.207 [Trapp no. not recorded]

Review of R. Langton Douglas, Leonardo da Vinci, his Life and Pictures, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 86, 1945, pp.129-30 [Trapp no. not recorded]

Review of George R. Kernodle, From Art to Theater. Form and Convention in the Renaissance, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 88, 1946, pp.103 [Trapp no. not recorded]

Review of Wilhelm Wartmann, Honoré Daumier. 240 lithographs, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 89, 1947, pp.231-2 [Trapp no.1947C.1]

Review of Hambourg’s Richard Doyle, McLean’s George Cruikshank & Sarzano’s Sir John Tenniel, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 90, 1948, pp.153 [Trapp no.1948C.1]

Review of Peter Meyer, Europäische Kunstgeschichte. Vol. I: Vom Altertum bis zum Ausgang des Mittelalters, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 90, 1948, pp.272 [Trapp no.1948D.1]

Review of Lawrence Gowing, Vermeer, The Observer, London, 7 September, 1952. [Trapp no.1952F.1]

Review of R. Hinks and B. Berenson on Caravaggio, The Listener, Vol. 50, 1953, pp.1134 [Trapp no.1953C.1]

Review of Ellis Waterhouse, Painting in Britain 1530-1790, The Listener, Vol. 49, 1953, pp.1019 [Trapp no.1953F.1]

Review of Ellis Waterhouse, Painting in Britain 1530-1790 & Benjamin Rowland, Art and Architecture of India, The Observer, 17th May, 1953. [Trapp no.1953E.1]

Review of M D George, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, vols. 9-10, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 96, 1954, pp.27 [Trapp no.1954H.1]

Review of William M. Ivins, Jr., Prints and Visual Communication, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 5, 1954-5, pp.168-9 [Trapp no.1954J.1]

Review of Richard Krautheimer on Lorenzo Ghiberti, Apollo, Vol. 65, 1957, pp.306-7 [Trapp no.1957E.1]

Review of Dora and Erwin Panofsky, Pandora’s Box: The Changing Aspects of a Mythical Symbol, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 99, 1957, pp.280 [Trapp no.1957F.1]

Review of John Pope-Hennessy, Italian Renaissance Sculpture, Apollo, Vol. 68, 1958, pp.228-9 [Trapp no.1958D.1]

Review of Frederick B. Artz, From the Renaissance to Romanticism: Trends in Style, in Art, Literature and Music 1300 – 1830, History, Vol. 49, 1964, pp.130-2 [Trapp no.1964F.1]

Review of Kunstgeschichte und Kunsttheorie im 19. Jahrhundert (Probleme der Kunstwissenschaft, I), The Art Bulletin, Vol. XLVI, 1964, pp.418-20 [Trapp no.1964G.1]

Review of Draper Hill, Mr Gillray the Caricaturist and John Physick, The Duke of Wellington in Caricature, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 108, 1966, pp.206-7 [Trapp no.1966K.1]

Review of Charles de Tolnay on Hieronymus Bosch, The New York Review of Books, February 23rd, 1967, pp.3-4 [Trapp no.1967H.1]

Review of Mario Praz, Mnemosyne: The Parallel between Literature and the Visual Arts, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 114, 1972, pp.345-6 [Trapp no.1972K.1]

Review of Egon Verheyen, The Palazzo del Tè in Mantua, Images of Love and Politics, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 122, 1980, pp.70-1 [Trapp no.1980J.1]

Review of Goethe on Art, selected and translated by John Gage, London, 1980, and The Younger Goethe and the Visual Arts, by WD Robson-Scott, Cambridge, 1981.Art History, vol. 5, No. 2, June, pp. 237-242. [Trapp no. 1982J.1]

Review of William H. Peck, Drawings from Ancient Egypt, The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Vol. 69, 1983, pp.192-193 [Trapp no.1983Q.1]

Review of Gunter Irmscher, Kleine Kunstgeschichte des Europäischen Ornaments der Frühen Neuzeit, 1400-1900, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 126, 1984, pp.700 [Trapp no.1984K.1]

Review of Francis Haskell, Past and Present in Art and Taste: Selected Essays, New York Review of Books, 25th June, Vol. 34 (11), 1987, pp.25-7 [Trapp no.1987K.1]

Review of Edward S. Reed, James J. Gibson and the Psychology of Perception, New York Review of Books, January 19th, 1989, pp.13-15 [Trapp no.1989T.1]

Review of Heinz Demisch, Erhobene Hände, Geschichte einer Gebärde in der bildenden Kunst, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 131, 1989, pp.85 [Trapp no.1989S.1]

Review of David Freedberg, The Power of Images: Studies in the History and Theory of Response, New York Review of Books, Vol. 15, 1990, pp.6-9 [Trapp no.1990U.1]

Review of John Shearman, Only Connect…Art and the Spectator in the Italian Renaissance, New York Review of Books, 4th March, 1993, pp.19-21 [Trapp no.1993E.1]

Review of John Gage, Colour and Culture, Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction, The Burlington Magazine, Vol. 136, 1994, pp.243-244 [Trapp no.1994J.1]

Review of Panofsky, Three Essays on Style and Perspective as Symbolic Form, The New York Review of Books, February 15, 1996, pp.29-30 [Trapp no.1996C.1]

Review of J-M Chauvet et al, Dawn of Art: The Chauvet Cave and J Clottes and J Courtin, The Cave Beneath the Sea: Paleolithic Images at Cosquer, The New York Review of Books, 14th November, 1996, pp.8-12 [Trapp no.1996D.1]

Review of Jonathan Miller, On reflection, Perception, Vol. 27, 1998, pp.1135-6 [Trapp no.1998H.1]

Review of Jean Starabinsky, Largesse, The New York Review of Books, 23rd April, Vol. 43-4, 1998. [Trapp no.1998J.1]

Correspondence between Jean Starobinski and E. H. Gombrich in response to the latter’s review of Starobinski’s book Largesse, New York Review of Books, 28th May, Vol. 45 (9), 1998.

Review of Simon Schama, Rembrandt’s Eyes, The New York Review of Books XLVII, Jan 20, Vol. 1, 2000, pp.6-10 [Trapp no.2000F.1]

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