The Open UniversitySkip to content

The Analysis of pictorial style

Gaiger, Jason (2002). The Analysis of pictorial style. British Journal of Aesthetics, 42(1) pp. 20–36.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Drawing on recent attempts critically to reconstruct the ideas of Heinrich Woelfflin, this paper argues that there is a specific 'logic of depiction' that is distinctive to visual as opposed to verbal forms of representation. The aim is to provide a set of objective parameters that can allow a comparative analysis of the formal organization of pictures despite differences in period, subject matter, format, etc. The paper seeks to show that such an analysis is possible and that it possesses explanatory force.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1468-2842
Keywords: aesthetics; philosophy of art; style
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Art History
Item ID: 7767
Depositing User: Jason Gaiger
Date Deposited: 18 May 2007
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 10:52
Share this page:


Scopus Citations

▼ Automated document suggestions from open access sources

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340