Riegl, Strzygowski and the artistic development
The article analyses an often-appraised early work of Josef Strzygowski (1862-1941), a controversial Austrian art historian, predominantly dealing with problems of the artistic interplay between Orient and Europe, Late Roman Art being the central case study. The analysis shows - in comparison to a similarly oriented work of another influential cotemporary Austrian art historian, Alois Riegl (1858 -1905) - the anti-Semitic background of Strzygowski's thoughts that together with an irrational fear of hybrid cultural forms reduced his ability to cope with a complex cultural development in Europe and abroad.
Georg Vasold, Institut fur Kunstgeschichte, Universitat Wien, Univ. Campus AAKH, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 9, 1090 Wien, Austria
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