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Human Affairs

Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

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Volume 19, Issue 3


Cold-War Twins: Mikhail Alpatov's a Universal History of Arts and Ernst Gombrich's the Story of Art

Vardan Azatyan
Published Online: 2009-09-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10023-009-0042-8

Cold-War Twins: Mikhail Alpatov's a Universal History of Arts and Ernst Gombrich's the Story of Art

This article deals with the "afterlife" of a methodological disagreement in the Vienna School of Art History between the positions of Alois Riegl and Julius von Schlosser in Mikhail Alpatov's and Ernst Gombrich's art history survey texts published during the Cold War on different sides of the Iron Curtain. Though these surveys are methodological antipodes, the difference itself, I argue, is possible only within the framework of the larger art historical discourse they share. In addition, I will draw on the radical ideological critique of Alpatov's survey inside the Soviet Union and the case of the Stalinist survey meant to replace it, in order to address the ideological commonality between Alpatov's and Gombrich's surveys.

Keywords: general art history; Cold War; Vienna School; Alpatov; Gombrich

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Published Online: 2009-09-24

Published in Print: 2009-09-01

Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 19, Issue 3, Pages 289–296, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10023-009-0042-8.

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