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'South Opposed to East and North': Adrian Stokes and Josef Strzygowski. A study in the aesthetics and historiography of Orientalism

Kite, Stephen 2003. 'South Opposed to East and North': Adrian Stokes and Josef Strzygowski. A study in the aesthetics and historiography of Orientalism. Art History 26 (4) , pp. 505-533. 10.1111/1467-8365.2604002

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Abstract

The ‘South Opposed to East and North’ of this paper's title comes from the third section of Adrian Stokes's book The Quattro Cento of 1932 – subtitled A Different Conception of the Italian Renaissance, and the founding work of his aesthetic. The Quattro Cento can be viewed as a response to the need expressed by Strzygowski in his Origin of Christian Church Art of 1923 ‘for a work dealing with the penetration of the South by the North of Europe and the subsequent rise of the so-called Renaissance’; a North, in Strzygowski's view, already permeated by influences from the East. Within the contested terrain inscribed in the term, this paper isolates three key ‘Orients’ crucial to Stokes's Quattro Cento aesthetic: the experiential Orient of his Conrad-inspired voyage to the East; the Orient of the British Museum; and that of the Orientalist texts – primarily the now-marginalized Josef Strzygowski. As a study in the historiography of Orientalism, the essay examines how Adrian Stokes inflected his experience and readings of these Orients to re-evaluate European – specifically Italian Renaissance – culture.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0141-6790
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/12387

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