For example looking at african art through the lens of picasso, or certain landscape artists as proto-abstract art. Something to do with anachronism, but it was a specific art historian/philosopher with a specific term.

  • I don't know the answer, but I'm guessing it could be Hal Foster. jstor.org/stable/pdf/778488.pdf?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents – Gordon Mar 7 at 19:28
  • Picasso himself seems to be more sensitive than his critics, see quote by Picasso here referring to African objects as "sacred". Article by Christopher Jones: medium.com/@chrisjones_32882/…, Foster is also mentioned further down. Sorry I can't give you an exact answer, you might want to read in Hal Foster. – Gordon Mar 7 at 19:34
  • "In literary and historical analysis, presentism is the anachronistic introduction of present-day ideas and perspectives into depictions or interpretations of the past... The Oxford English Dictionary gives the first citation for presentism in its historiographic sense from 1916, and the word may have been used in this meaning as early as the 1870s. The historian David Hackett Fischer identifies presentism as a fallacy". In other words, nobody coined it, it came from colloquial use. – Conifold Mar 8 at 0:05
  • Don't know the answer to your specific question, but it reminds me of a quote from Art of the Western World, "Ultimately, this is an architecture of space and light...the mystery at the heart of all art. Each generation takes from the past what it needs to make sense of itself. There is no such thing as objective history. Only our interpretations, our dialog with the past. It is impossible for us to see in an ancient Greek work of art what an ancient Greek saw." – John Forkosh Mar 8 at 4:28

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