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Yeazell, Ruth Bernard, author.

Picture titles : how and why Western paintings acquired their names / Ruth Bernard Yeazell.

Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2015]
Physical Description:
xiii, 331 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Reference Library
N7560 .Y43 2015 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Shows how the practice of naming Western paintings developed in response to the conditions of the modern art world and how titles have shaped the reception of artwork.
Subject Terms:
Titles of works of art.
Titles of works of art.

  • Naming and circulating : middlemen. Before titles ; Dealers and notaries ; Early cataloguers ; Academics ; Printmakers ; Curators, critics, friends--and more dealers
  • Reading and interpreting : viewers. Reading by the title ; The power of a name ; Many can read print ; Reading against the title
  • Authoring as well as painting : artists. The force of David's Oath ; Turner's poetic Fallacies ; Courbet's Studio as manifesto ; Whistler's Symphonies and other instructive Arrangements ; Magritte and The use of words ; Johns's No and the painted word.