Forty specialists analyze the art historian's civic role and the need to re-establish a critical presence in modern culture.
The volume explains art history’s role today, and addresses a readership seeking a formative and methodological orientation in this subject at a time when the true potential of a university education is being seriously questioned. Art history is a discipline and profession which, like all humanistic activities, is feeling the effects of the onslaught of science and technology. The book consists of interviews with about forty Italian art historians, a cross-section that reveals, without claiming to be exhaustive, the variety of their professional and institutional posts and the different schools, and divides the interviewees into three age groups: under fifty, fifty to sixty-five, and over sixty-five. The volume begins with a preface by Rosanna Cappelli, who is in charge of this series, and ends with a postface by the editors Sandra Pinto and Matteo Lafranconi.