The thematization of topic of the history of art in Central Europe as a specific art historical phenomenon is a fascinating and at the same time quite dramatic story. The paper presents an attempt to outline the main trends, which shaped research into the history of art in the region: e.g. national history of art, cosmopolitanism as scientism, global history of art as racialism, nationalists versus cosmopolitans, from modernism to nationalism, from internationalism to expansionism, from nationalism to etatisme, from etatisme to the trans-national history of art, the idea of macro-regions (from Eastern to Central Europe), national history as a multi-cultural communication, and 'Kulturtransfer' and East-Central Europe.
Prof. PhDr. Jan Bakos, DrSc., Ustav dejin umenia, Slovenska akademia vied, Dubravska cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava 4, Slovak Republic
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