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New in Art History
On the Possibility of Meaning in Science and Art

In a new review in Art History, Marja Lahelma discusses Andrei Pop’s A Forest of Symbols: Art, Science, and Truth in the Long Nineteenth Century . Click here to learn more about the book. Click here to read the full article. An excerpt appears below:

“What makes Pop’s treatment of his subject different from more conventional art-historical studies is that, instead of examining how individual artists reacted to questions drawn from contemporary science, this study takes broad philosophical concerns with subjectivity and truth as its point of departure and approaches artistic questions from a theoretical perspective. Works of art are hence seen as active participants in various scientific and philosophical debates instead of merely reflecting them.”