Alexander Nagel is Professor of Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a contributor to Cabinet, ARTNews, Artforum and other journals and magazines.
Nagel argues the fascinating thesis that medieval and modern art should be considered in concert to better understand the latter. This lengthy scholarly work discusses structural analogies between medieval and modern art, for example, discussing both eras' emphasis on the placement of art in specific real-world sites, as well as on surfaces and the art object itself. . . . Provides a readable argument and offers wide-ranging examples.