The Art History Newsletter

Most Cited Articles

by | 25 January 2008 | Journals

Citation indexes are often controversial (for one, they can never be comprehensive), but they can be of some interest nonetheless. We recently discovered the citation ranking feature of the Arts and Humanities Citation Index. We typed in a few art-history-related journals to see what their most frequently cited articles are. Here is a sampling:

{FORMAT: Journal: Most-Cited Article in AHCI, vol (year) [Times Cited] }

Renaissance Quarterly: G. W. Pigman, VERSIONS OF IMITATION IN THE RENAISSANCE, 33 (1980) [83]

Art History: M. Camille, SEEING AND READING – SOME VISUAL IMPLICATIONS OF MEDIEVAL LITERACY AND ILLITERACY, 8 (1985) [61]

Art Bulletin: E. Cropper, BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, PARMIGIANINO, ‘PETRARCHISMO’, AND THE VERNACULAR STYLE, 58 (1976) [51]

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism: K. L. Walton, HOW REMOTE ARE FICTIONAL WORLDS FROM REAL WORLD, 37 (1978) [38]

Word & Image: L. G. Duggan, WAS ART REALLY THE BOOK OF THE ILLITERATE, 5 (1989) [30]

Simiolus: C. Harbison, VISIONS AND MEDITATIONS IN EARLY FLEMISH PAINTING, 15 (1985) [26]

Burlington Magazine: L. Campbell, ART MARKET IN THE SOUTHERN NETHERLANDS IN THE 15TH-CENTURY, 118 (1976) [25]

Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes: M. Perry, CARDINAL DOMENICO GRIMANI’S LEGACY OF ANCIENT ART TO VENICE, 41 (1978) [20]

Gesta: F. Martin, The St. Francis Master in the upper church of S Francesco Assisi : Some considerations regarding his origins, 35 (1996) [19]

Art Journal: S. Y. Edgerton, Galileo, Florentine ‘Disegno,’ and the ‘Strange Spottednesse’ of the Moon, 44 (1984) [18]

Woman’s Art Journal: L. D. G. Cheney, THE CULT OF SAINT AGATHA, 17 (1996) [17]

Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz: M. Seidel, STUDIES ON THE RECEPTION OF ANTIQUITY IN PISANO, NICOLA, 19 (1975) [16]

Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte: J. Gardner, SAINT-LOUIS-OF-TOULOUSE, ROBERT-OF-ANJOU AND SIMONE MARTINI, 39 (1976) [15]

Art in America: L. Nochlin, THE IMAGINARY ORIENT: 19TH-CENTURY FRENCH ORIENTALIST PAINTING, 71 (1983) [14]

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians: D. Howard and M. Longair, HARMONIC PROPORTION AND PALLADIO QUATTRO-LIBRI, 41 (1982) [13]

African Arts: J. Pemberton, ESHU-ELEGBA – THE YORUBA TRICKSTER GOD, 9 (1975) [13]

Art Quarterly: R. Shiff, END OF IMPRESSIONISM – STUDY IN THEORIES OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION, 1 (1978) [9]

Oriental Art: J. M. James, PROVISIONAL ICONOLOGY OF WESTERN HAN FUNERARY ART, 25 (1979) [9]

Studies in the History of Art: H. L. Kessler, PICTORIAL NARRATIVE AND CHURCH MISSION IN 6TH-CENTURY GAUL, 16 (1985) [9]

October: A. Sekula, THE BODY AND THE ARCHIVE + PHOTOGRAPHING CRIMINALS, 39 (1986) [8]

Artibus Asiae: WU HUNG, BUDDHIST ELEMENTS IN EARLY CHINESE-ART (2ND-AND-3RD-CENTURIES), 47 (1986) [6]

Oxford Art Journal: S. Harris, COUP D’OEIL (THE LIFE AND WORK OF CLAUDE CAHUN), 24 (2001) [5]

(We spot-checked a bunch of them by clicking on the citation links to make sure things looked OK, but something was weird with Artforum and Print Quarterly—the citations led to a bunch of medical articles etc. Hence those two are not included.)