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Amadeo Belluzzi
Modena: Franco Cosimo Panini, 1997. Cloth (8876868089)
May 2, 2002

In the 1530s, word of a new palace in Mantua, begun in the middle of the previous decade, had already spread north to Bavaria and south to Rome, where it figured in the dialogues of Francisco de Hollanda. But by the eighteenth century, the Palazzo Te, created by Giulio Romano for Federico II Gonzaga, was abandoned, abused, and in disrepair. Miraculously, this suburban complex has survived relatively intact (even after several restorations, some more drastic...

Hui-Shu Lee
New York: China Institute, 2000. 160 pp.; app. 40 color ills. Paper (0965427056)
China Institute Gallery, New York, September 13-December 9, 2001
April 18, 2002

Published to accompany an exhibition at New York's China Institute Gallery, this lavishly illustrated catalogue deftly contextualizes a group of extremely appealing small-scale works of painting and calligraphy that were made by or for the Southern Song court in Hangzhou (called Lin'an at the time) during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Situated in a fertile and temperate region near the center of China's east coast, Hangzhou was a beauty spot famed for its West Lake...

Bert Winther-Tamaki
Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2000. 222 pp.; 45 b/w ills. Paper $32.95 (0824824008)
April 4, 2002

Following the crushing defeat of Japan in World War II and the devastating destruction of its major cities by conventional and atomic bombing, the United States occupied the country for many years. It had a prolonged presence and deep effect on Japanese culture; at the same time, Japanese culture became prominent in the U.S., partially as a result of servicemen and women returning home after the war. Bert Winther-Tamaki's Art in the Encounter of Nations:...

Annette L. Juliano and Judith A. Lerner, eds.
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000. 320 pp.; 260 color ills.; 160 b/w ills. Cloth $65.00 (0810934787)
Asia Society Museum, New York, November 13, 2001-January 6, 2002; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL, February 9-April 21, 2002; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, June 15-September 10, 2002.
April 3, 2002

The idea of viewing the art and culture of the Silk Road by focusing on archaeological finds from the northwestern region of China (the Gansu and Ningxia provinces) offers an excellent opportunity to consider the process of cultural and ethnic interaction between the Han-Chinese and other cultures. As the only section of the Silk Road within China proper in the early medieval period from the fourth to seventh century, Gansu and Ningxia played an important...

Herman Rapaport
New York: Columbia University Press, 2000. 188 pp. Paper $17.50 (0231121350)
Sylvère Lotringer and Sande Cohen, eds.
London: Routledge, 2000. 327 pp. Paper $22.95 (0415925371)
April 3, 2002

1. Theory Something called "theory" has been a leading feature of American intellectual and academic life for some thirty years now, and it would no doubt be a great comfort if we had some strongly shared sense of what theory is, what its prominence means, and what difference it makes. Both of these books argue, correctly I believe, that we are more or less hopelessly muddled on all of these questions. Since the history of...

Robert L. Thorp and Richard Ellis Vinograd
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000. 440 pp.; 128 color ills.; 230 b/w ills. Cloth $85.00 (0810941457)
April 2, 2002

The publication of Chinese Art and Culture should be welcomed by anyone who has an interest in Chinese art, whether or not one also teaches it. Both of the scholars who wrote this book are old enough to have each devoted more than three decades to thinking and practicing in their respective areas (early Chinese art through the Tang dynasty for Robert Thorp, later Chinese art from Song to the present for Richard Vinograd), but...

Dale Kent
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. 544 pp.; 40 color ills.; 148 b/w ills. Cloth $49.95 (0300081286)
February 18, 2002

Winner of CAA's 2002 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award Dale Kent's impressive study of Cosimo de' Medici and patronage culture of the mid-fifteenth century is a welcome addition to Renaissance and Florentine studies. The last serious biography of Cosimo in English, by Kurt Gutkind, appeared in 1938. The Warburg Institute's symposium that resulted in a volume of essays edited by Francis Ames-Lewis, Cosimo "il Vecchio" de' Medici, 1389-1464 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992) brought...

Jonathan Weinberg
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000. 336 pp.; 164 b/w ills. Cloth $35.00 (0300081871)
February 15, 2002

Jonathan Weinberg's new book is comprised of a series of thoughtful, original essays on the workings of fame and desire on the production and reception of a select number of twentieth-century American paintings and photographs. A social art historian writing in the wake of postmodernism, Weinberg remains committed to a modernist faith "in the viability of painting" (xxi), even as his sensitive and erudite readings of particular works test and complicate that faith in light...

Linda York Leach
New York: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1997. 260 pp.; 76+ color ills. Cloth $325.00 (0197276296)
February 15, 2002

Indian painting, especially that of the Mughal dynasty, is often considered among the most magnificent creations of the Islamic world, and is a highly prized commodity to many collectors, including Nasser D. Khalili, whose extensive collections include Indian art, Japanese art, Spanish Damascene metalwork, and Swedish textiles. This sumptuously illustrated volume on Indian painting is the eighth of a projected twenty-seven that documents the massive Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art. Leach provides detailed...

David Harvey
Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. 293 pp.; 27 b/w ills. Paper $24.95 (0520225783)
February 15, 2002

"Until we insurgent architects know the courage of our minds and are prepared to take an equally speculative plunge into some unknown," David Harvey writes in conclusion to his stunning new work, Spaces of Hope, "we too will continue to be the objects of historical geography (like worker bees) rather than active subjects, consciously pushing human possibilities to their limits" (255). Spaces of Hope serves as a fitting capstone to the Marxist geographer's oeuvre of...