The Treatment of Similar Themes in Art History and History Textbooks

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The Treatment of Similar Themes in Art History and History Textbooks
The most important concern of the Art History textbook is to explain the ways in which the images it features are made both formally and within their specific historical, social, and cultural contexts. Because the subject of Art History is focused on specific artworks, which help to form or tell a historical narrative, the objects themselves are the most important part of the organization of the textbook. In contrast, the History textbook is more concerned with the political, social, and cultural events and ideas that occur over the course of history; thus when images are used, they tend to be used to illustrate the historical narratives being told, rather than as the...
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.....lavement. Similarly, Eyre Crow’s painting The Slave Market, Richmond, Virginia (9.16) is used as an example of a typical slave auction in the south, not to show a specific scene or event; the caption for the painting is very general and does not include the date the work was made, nor the name of the artist (who is mentioned, briefly, in the actual text of the book). The painting called Plantation Burial (9.17) has no date nor artists attributed to it at all, and is used to illustrate the kind of ceremony African American slaves might take part in when one of their family members or another plantation slave died. Thus in these History textbook images, the contexts are more important than the actual specific details of the images being used.