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The Vexations of Art by Svetlana Alpers

Book cover for The Vexations of Art
A major art historian reflects on a great tradition of European painting. "The Vexations of Art is an engrossing, passionate attempt to re-engage with painting as a mode of thought at a time when 'it is not clear in what form the resource of painting - for surely painting has been a singular resource of the greater European culture - will continue."