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An art historian’s job is to show the public why certain works of art made history: what made them exciting, new and worth seeing for their times. If we can come closer to understanding what excited the viewing public then, we will have far more appreciation for that art now. To my mind, nobody brings art history closer to us, to make us feel its importance both then and now, than The Nation‘s art critic, Arthur C. Danto. If future generations will have any sense, his Encounters and Reflections will be remembered the way we still remember Diderot’s Salons. These are lively, knowledgeable and exciting essays about artistic masterpieces which shouldn’t be relegated only to the pages of art history, but also enjoyed by the general public today. Arthur Danto’s essays help us savor the delectable pleasure of art.
Claudia Moscovici, postromanticism.com