What language does the discipline of art history employ when confronting the physical presence of art? This handbook offers the reader a guide to vocabulary relevant to the issues of artistic process, condition, conservation, and display. Accompanied by key examples and illustrations drawn from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the selected entries demonstrate how an object-oriented art historical lexicon can shape and inform the interpretation and exhibition of European and American painting, from the fifteenth century to the present day.
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