Sight Unseen 4 : Forms and Transformation

Learn how source-hunting. a much maligned activity in art scholarship, is crucial to interpretation

Style, the traditional method of classifying art, is rarely mentioned on this site because it has little effect on interpretation, especially on the esoteric level. Mark Roskill has written:

‘discussion[s] of style provide measures of constancy in artistic language...which reach beyond the individual to the group, and beyond that potentially to some larger cultural entity. They also serve as ways of....grouping under a single descriptive heading particular, identifiable ways of doing things. But while all of this makes style an apt and adaptable tool for classificatory purposes, it is not clear if, so understood, it either has or is left with any kind of a role for interpretative purposes’

 
Sight Unseen 4 : Forms and Transformation

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