What is baroque?-- style and medium in the motion pictures-- the ideological antecedents of the Rolls-Royce radiator-- Erwin Panofsky - a curriculum vitae, William S. Heckscher.
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Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) was one of the pre-eminent art historians of the 20th century. These three essays place Panofsky's genius in a different perspective: "What Is Baroque?", "Style and Medium in the Motion Pictures" and "The Ideological Antecedents of the Rolls-Royce Radiator". The essays are framed by an introduction by Irving Lavin, discussing the context of the essays' composition and their significance within Panofsky's oeuvre and an insightful memoir by Panofsky's former student, close friend and fellow emigre, William Heckscher. All three essays reveal unexpected aspects of Panofsky's sensibility, both personal and intellectual. Originally written as lectures for general audiences, they are composed in a lively, informal manner. The studies concern broadly defined problems of style in art - the visual symptoms endemic to works of a certain period (Baroque), medium (film), or national identity (England) - as opposed to the focus on iconography and subject matter usually associated with Panofsky's "method." The essay on Baroque, which Lavin considers "vintage Panofsky" and the one on film were written in 1934. The Rolls-Royce piece was written in 1962. (source: Nielsen Book Data)