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August 17-21, 2009

“Description,” of course, is both simple and complex for art historians. This workshop drew spirit from the late Michael Baxandall, whose work posed questions of how and why we describe artworks the way we do. Is description simply thought after seeing a picture?

Participants included:

Michael Holly, The Clark
Mark Ledbury, The Clark
Philippe Bordes, Institut National d’Histoire de l'Art, Paris, France
Martine Denoyelle, Musée du Louvre
François Hers, Fondation Hartung-Bergman, Antibes, France
Xavier Douroux, Le Consortium (centre d’art contemporain), Dijon, France
Rachael Z. DeLue, Princeton University
Stephen Melville, Ohio State University
Helen Molesworth, Fogg Art Museum
Alexander Nagel, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Penelope Curtis, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK
André Gunthert, Centre d’Histoire et Théorie des Arts (CEHTA), Paris, France
Michèle-Caroline Heck, Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3, Paris, France

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