Created By Robert Baldwin
Associate Professor of Art History, Connecticut College
NEW MARCH 2013
2,000 full PowerPoint slide shows of Western Art by Subject Matter with text boxes identifying each image by artist, title, and date. / ca. 55,000 images covering 1,800 subjects. (3,000 images added annually.)
Use the SEARCH box at the right to search the thousands of pages on this site for any topic. For example, type "Jew" to find my essays and bibliography on anti-Semitism in Giotto and Piero.
(If you find a dead link, please email me at email@example.com.)
For any correspondence, email me directly at the address listed above.
Purpose of the Web Site
Up and running since Feb 1, 2010, this web site offers work from 30 years in Art History including 240 essays and articles, an archive of 55,000 images of Western art in 2,100 PP slide shows by subject matter (members only), 4 slide shows of 200 art works in Italy arranged by city for tourists planning trips, 30 thematic bibliographies, syllabi for 8 courses in Renaissance and Baroque art, Gender, and Landscape, outlines and summaries of major historical points for 150 art works from the survey course (1400-present), a section on Primary Texts featuring 19th-century American writings on Indians and Manifest Destiny; videos of select lectures in Renaissance art (to be expanded), and 1700 of my art photos, mostly close-ups, on the Art Galleries page.
The 3,050 pages of scholarly material can be searched for keyword in the white SEARCH box at right. This site targets a larger, educated public while offering materials useful for young professors creating courses in late Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art, Gender (1300-1775) and Landscape (1300-2000).
If you join this site as a Member, you can download any of the 2,000 PP slide shows on art by subject matter. To receive the whole archive for $25.00, contact directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRADUATE STUDENTS: See my "Guide to Job Searching in Art History" with suggestions for interviews and surviving CAA (on the MISC INFO page).
The 237 essays posted use a variety of methods depending on when each piece was written. My work before 1988 used traditional iconography, at times fused with stylistic analysis as seen in my thesis on the humble mode of style and theme in Northern Renaissance and Baroque religious art. Since 1988, I have retooled to work in the social history of art. A 1991-2 fellowship in the Yale Agrarian Studies Program allowed me to move into cultural studies. My debts to teachers and colleagues are many and include my undergraduate professors: Gene Dwyer, Kathleen Brandt and Carol Krinsky, my graduate professors: Sidney Freedberg, Konrad Oberhuber, Henri Zerner, James Ackerman, and Mark Haxthausen. After graduate school, Keith Moxey was important as a guide. With respect to the social history of art, I owe much to T.J. Clark though I worked with him the least. As one of his teaching fellows and an auditor of his courses in 1980-2, I was introduced to a set of new questions and approaches which helped me rethink my discipline.
VIDEOS OF LECTURES In Feb 2011, I began filming and posting select lectures on art. Compressed for the web, the visual quality is not great. More videos are planned. The current roster includes:
Donatello, David; Perugino, Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter; Botticelli, Mythological Paintings; Campin, Annunciation; Van Eyck, Ghent Altar, Leonardo's Drawings, Madonna of the Rocks, and Mona Lisa, and Raphael, School of Athens and Disputa.
Videos are posted at www.masonbogert.info and linked on the VIDEOS page here.
ART GALLERIES 1) 1,785 close-up photos of art from 20,000 taken on site in the last four years; 2) Scans of a few art works discussed in my essays.
60,000 Images by Subject in 2,000 Power Point slide shows (members only)
ESSAYS BY PERIOD: 235 essays and unfinished book projects on Western art and cultural history since 1300. I add some 20 new essays annually. Images of some less familiar works are posted in the album "Art for Essays" on the ART GALLERIES page. Use the SEARCH box on the main page to search all of my essays by keyword for any topic. This page includes parts of unfinished book projects on Bruegel and Landscape and on Vermeer and Music.
ESSAYS, THEMATIC AND PH.D. THESIS: 28 essays on broader thematic topics, most on gender topics, but also including "History Painting," "Mythology in European Culture," "Art as a Language 1400-2000," "Gardens in Art 1700-1940," "Nobility as Virtue in European Culture, 1400-1700," "Slaughtered Pig and Ox in Northern Art". This page also includes my 1983 PhD thesis on the Humble Style and the Inner Eye in Northern European Renaissance and Baroque Religious Art.
OUTLINES TO SURVEY WORKS (begun Jan 2013) When finished later this year, this study guide for undergraduates will offer detailed outlines of major historical points for 150 canonical works of Western art from 1400-present. Necessarily a work in progress, these outlines will run 1-2 pages per work.
BIBLIOGRAPHIES: 30 thematic bibliographies compiled in the 1980s and 1990s before on-line databases made this work obsolete. Few have been updated. Topics: Bee, Bird, Breast, Child, City, Clothing, Common Man and Peasant, Courtesan, Eyes-Sight-Blindness, Food, Hercules, Horse. Jews, Magdalen, Maps (Early Modern), Money (Early Modern), Museums, Music, Orpheus, Other, Prodigal Son, Rembrandt Historiography, Sea, Shit, Tears and Crying, Triumph, Turk, Vernacular (Early Modern), Women and Gender
MISC INFO: 1) Guide to Job Searches in Art History; 2) Guide to European Art Museums and Sites; 3) Guide to Digital Cameras (updated biannually); 4) Guide to Art Photography in Museums; 5) Guide to Classical Mythology (written for undergraduates); 6) Guide to Painting Materials, Techniques and Conservation; 7) list of popes from the 13th to 17th centuries; 8) list of the major Medici; 9) eulogy for Konrad Oberhuber
SYLLABI AND LISTS OF REQUIRED WORKS for 9 courses. These syllabi are packed with primary source readings - the only assigned in all of my courses as I use no textbooks. Courses are as follows:
1) Survey Part Two
2) Landscape in Western Art from 1300 to the Present
3) Gender and Art from the Late Middle Ages to the 18th Century
4) Italian Early Renaissance
5) Northern Late Medieval and Early Renaissance
6) Italian High Renaissance and Mannerism
7) Northern High Renaissance
8) Italian, French, and Spanish Baroque
9) Northern Baroque
PUBLIC LECTURES: a list of 18 current public lectures with abstracts.
TEXT ANTHOLOGIES The table of contents to two anthologies of primary sources on gender and on nature from classical antiquity to the early 18th century comprising 8,000 pages of material. Copyright law prevents me from posting the texts but all are readily available in English translations. Those researching a given topic may find these lists of texts useful.
NEW ITEMS LISTED: Chronological list of new or substantially revised items. These are not links to my essays - those links are found under the two pages of Essays.
Additional Comments on the Essays
Most of my academic work is posted under ESSAYS. Since I began teaching in 1983, I have begun writing scholarly essay on each of the 1,000 “Required Works” discussed in my nine courses on Western art. I add 20 essays a year.
I began writing these essays to develop and clarify my own thinking and to create study materials which could be emailed to students after class. As much as any ongoing research, these essays have helped me raise the intellectual level of my courses and to require a higher level from my students.
Four essays stand out for their larger value as broad discussions of major cultural movements or shifts.
Changes in Late Medieval Christianity / under Essays / Medieval
Renaissance Humanism (parts 1 and 2) - an overview of the Renaissance / under Italian 15th Century Art
The Reformation and Art / under 16th Century Northern Art
The Counter-Reformation and Art / under Italian and French 17th Century Art
There is also a long essay on Romanticism, though here I work outside my area of expertise. The ESSAYS are divided by century with sections at the end on methodology and on specialized themes, mostly tied to gender, which transcend one century. Of course, many essays are rich in thematic discussion including one-point perspective (ESSAYS / Italian 15th Century). and Renaissance mythology (essay on Botticelli's Mythologies) while the titles of others conceal more material. For example anti-semitism is discussed at some length in Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel and in Piero's frescoes at Arezzo and in a separate essay under Essays / Medieval / "Prejudice".
Areas of Weakness and Strength
My essays on 18th, 19th, and 20th century art rely more on secondary source readings and do not reflect real expertise. Except for landscape, my research and teaching focus on European art from 1300 to 1700. My essays in this time frame are more original, contextualized, and packed with quotations from primary sources. Extensive reading in primary texts has been my focus for two decades and has allowed me to replace all readings in art history with primary texts. Instead of asking my students to regurgitate what other scholars have written, they read primary texts and analyze major art works on their own. In this way, they learn to read and look critically on their own, think more broadly, and problem solve.
Feedback on This Web Site
While I welcome feedback, I do not have time to write emails discussing art historical questions or to comment on theories and interpretations. My focus remains on my research and teaching. Nor can I accept invitations to critique unpublished work.
My Web Site Designer
This web site was created by Mason Bogert, my director of Information Technology and all-around computer trouble shooter. A self-taught computer whiz, Mason created this web site in an hour at age eleven.