Current volume:

Volume 48: The Language of Art History

The forty-eighth volume of Ars Orientalis, The Language of Art History, is now out. Guest edited by Sugata Ray, this volume foregrounds the concepts of “translations,” “terminologies,” and “global art history.” The seven articles in the volume all were developed from papers presented at the Thirty-fourth World Congress of Art History in Beijing, hosted by the Chinese committee of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA). They address key issues with methodological urgency, such as the development of representational techniques across cultures, the relationships between real spaces and spaces of representation, the adaptations of architectural idioms within the context of colonialism and its legacy, and the notion of objecthood in the digital age. In doing so, the authors test the terms and methods for a global art history and explore diverse modes of being in translation.


Upcoming Volumes

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Ars Orientalis Back Issues

Thanks to a digitization effort made possible with help from Smithsonian Libraries and the Internet Archive, we can now offer Ars Orientalis volumes 1 to 41, and its predecessor Ars Islamica volumes 1-16 free of charge to viewers worldwide (read about the journal’s history here). Flip through these pages online, or download files to your digital library for later reading. Titles followed by an asterisk (*) are out of stock in their print editions, but available digitally.


Ars Islamica Back Issues