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George, Charles H. (Charles Hilles), 1922-

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of History


Art; Baroque


The generally incompetent treatment of intellectual history is a problem urgently demanding the attention of the serious student. For a major solution to the problem lies in the development of a responsibly critical demand for better history. Importantly, this demand must be based upon cultivated criteria for judgement. The establishment of such criteria requires painstaking investigation of the intellectual history thus far produced as well as of original sources. In this paper, an exemplary study is undertaken with the age of the Baroque. The study moves first through the treatment of the Baroque plastic arts by several prominent historians. It then moves to a consideration two original sources: Rubens and Rembrandt. The conclusion of the paper is that through extensive reading the student can acquire a sensitivity to the possibilities (as well as the inherent limitations) of intellectual history. Intimate knowledge of original sources will aid in the sophistication of that sensitivity. Hopefully, the student will then actuate the possibilities of intellectual history either by teaching others to demand high quality or by writing responsible history.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


60 pages




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