Panelist: Kjell Wangensteen

Kjell WangensteenKjell Wangensteen will present “On Vasari’s Vite and Kano Einō’s Honchō gashi: An Historiographical Experiment” during Panel #1.

Are there aspects of an history of art that might be considered “universal” (i.e., shared across cultures), or is each tradition necessarily distinct and culturally-specific?  This paper concentrates on two foundational art texts–one from Renaissance Italy, the other from Edo-period Japan–and addresses the basic question of how (art) historical narratives are constructed and interpreted, both within and across very different cultural contexts.

Kjell Wangensteen is a second-year graduate student at Princeton focusing on Northern European Renaissance and Baroque art.

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