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Hans Christian Hones on ‘Painting Art History’

16 July 2021

Painting Art History

Hans Christian Hönes

Review of:

Léa Kuhn, Gemalte Kunstgeschichte. Bildgenealogien in der Malerei um 1800, Paderborn: Fink 2020, ISBN-13: 978-3-7705-6453-8, 333pp., EUR 69,00

Hans Christian Hönes (University of Aberdeen) 25/HCH2

Abstract: In her new book “Gemalte Kunstgeschichte” [Painted Art History] Léa Kuhn argues that the late 18th-century saw not only the rise of modern art historiography as a scholarly discipline, but that artists increasingly painted pictures that reflected on their own historicity. Kuhn develops her argument through close-readings of three self-portraits by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, William Dunlap, Marie-Gabrielle Capet. This review discusses her approach and its the insights it offers for the study of art historiography.

Keywords: self portraiture, self-reflexivity, genealogy, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, William Dunlap, Marie-Gabrielle Capet.

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