By studying the how rather than the why, historiography has very often allowed us to expand our knowledge of a particular intellectual discipline. This invaluable methodology still pays little attention to the vast corpus on the history of art and rarely publishes on the subject. Between an acknowledged subjectivity and selective erudition, Michela Passini’s book has partially filled this gap.
In contrast to a totemic historiography which celebrates the founders of current disciplines, Michela Passini presents nothing less than the first true critical history of the history of art.
A graduate of the École normale supérieure de Pise, Michela Passini is a research fellow at the CNRS. She is the author of La Fabrique de l’art national. Le nationalisme et les origines de l’histoire de l’art en France et en Allemagne (The development of national art. Nationalism and the origins of the history of art in France and Germany) (1870-1933), éditions de l’EHESS, 2013.