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August 27, 1932

The History of Taste: An Account of the Revolutions of Art Criticism and Theory in Europe.

JAMA. 1932;99(9):781. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740610079034

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The author consulted medieval writers for their views and opinions on architecture, sculpture and painting executed in their own time and then traced the changes during the Renaissance through the period of the romantic movement and the revivals of the last century. Apparently the views of mankind change greatly under various circumstances and among various peoples. The author is convinced that there is a kind of destiny in taste—a cycle as it were—which no man controls and in which some deeper historical significance may be sought. The volume is magnificently printed and beautifully illustrated and might well form a model for publishers of other semiscientific workers.