works of art have been produced, but some works using this approach have
been criticized for reckless generalization – extrapolating whole climates of
thought from small morsels of contemporary gossip or single anecdotes –
and for reading every text and historical situation for its analysis of power
relations, ignoring other motivations for the production of art and the practice of religion.
Among the historical studies produced in the second half of the twentiethcentury are a handful that drew attention to annotations in early printed
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