The Bulletin of the Association des historiens de l’art italien now ArtItalies

25/9/12 - Publication (journal) - France - The Association des historiens de l’art italien (AHAI) comprises specialists in Italian art of all nationalities, not only Italian art historians. Created in 1993, it publishes an annual bulletin offering studies dealing with the many aspects of art in that country.

The latest bulletin inaugurates a new taller and wider format (and thus not as thick as before), usually found for art journals. This new size definitely gives it a more modern look and a clearer layout allowing for better illustrations. The title itself has also changed and is now ArtItalies, with no direct reference (except in the subtitle) to the association.
The contents however, have not changed as emphasized by Paola Bassani-Pact, the publication’s director, in her editorial. The essays are equally divided between very theoretical studies and more concrete rediscoveries of art works or little-known artists. In this issue (the synopsis can be found here), we point out notably an article on Gregorio Preti, the less familiar brother of Mattia who has now been attributed some new paintings, as well as another on the even more unknown Stefano Salvi, Sassoferratto’s son.

Readers will also find, as in many journals, reviews of published works but as well as a memo recalling the colloquia and exhibitions of the past year. However, the annual publication renders this last section obsolete before it even appears and, in our opinion, is not very useful, since it simply lists past events without adding anything new. It should in fact be replaced by another article.

Art history journals written through private initiative such as this one are so rare and valuable to research that they deserve our support. Among other annual journals falling in this same category and for which we regularly provides synopses, we would also like to mention the Bulletin de la Société de l’Histoire de l’Art français and the Cahiers d’Histoire de l’Art.

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 27 septembre 2012


The journal can be found in specialized bookshops for the price of 35€. Readers can join the AHAI by writing a check to the AHAI and sending it to the AHAI - Institut Culturel Italien - 73 rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris. This fee entitles members to receive the catalogue.

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