31 | Recording History - how art history textbooks are made

31 | Recording History - how art history textbooks are made

What goes into creating an art history textbook? That’s what I wanted to find out in today’s episode. I’m speaking with Dr. Michael Cothren, Professor Emeritus at Swarthmore College and editor of the Stokstad survey textbooks. Michael and I spoke about finding the balance between writing for those who will major in art history and those who will end up only taking the survey course. He also talked about how the books were a serious departure from others on the market when Marilyn Stokstad first published them in 1995.



Images Michael mentions

Jan van Eyck’s mysterious Arnolfini Portrait (or The Arnolfini Wedding, or The Arnolfini Marriage, or Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and His Wife), 1434

Van_Eyck_-_Arnolfini_Portrait.jpg


Giotto, Scrovegni Chapel, in Padua, Italy


Links / articles mentioned

Dr. Michael Cothren - bio on Swarthmore’s site

Current edition of Stokstad & Cothren textbooks (both digital and physical copies) - Pearson’s website

Erwin Panofsky - Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait - JSTOR

Vanessa Thill - Inside the Effort to Write Women into Art History - Artsy


32 | Blockbuster Exhibits

32 | Blockbuster Exhibits

30 | Exhibit Pre-Game - Walls Turned Sideways at CAMH

30 | Exhibit Pre-Game - Walls Turned Sideways at CAMH