ABSTRACT

I have let the first chapter run away a little, to give the flavor of art history’s open-ended issues. Everything in that chapter is a matter for you to decide. Somewhere among the lists and maps and charts there may have been a picture that fits your intuitive sense of art history, or something close to it. In this chapter and the next, I turn back to the history of the discipline and consider what some art historians have said about the shape of art history. If you haven’t found your mental map in Chapter 1, you may well find it in this chapter or the next.