ART HISTORY REVISITED
About the Author
Besides philosophical aesthetics at the graduate Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Dr. Seerveld also explored problems in the historiography and critical theory of art. His cartographic methodology works out of Vollenhoven’s “problem-historical” conception of the history of philosophy, modified to deal with artworks.
For several years Seerveld focused his research and professional writing on artistry buoyed by the European Enlightenment. His “Telltale Statues in Watteau’s Paintings” won the Clifford Prize for best article in 1980–1981, awarded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. His partiality for picaresque William Hogarth, as serious aesthetician as well as artist, and for Anton Raphael Mengs, signals Seerveld’s eye for the idiosyncratic figures in art history. His study of the neglected art historian Kurt Badt with Lorenz Dittmann at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken, Germany, and giving serious narrative exposition to young christian voices like British Peter S. Smith and Canadian Gerald Folkerts are attempts to give examples of what deserves attention to round out what constitutes the art historical world. www.seerveld.com/tuppence.html