But the new barbarian is no uncouth Desert-dweller; he does not emerge From fir forests; factories bred him; Corporate companies, college towns Mothered his mind, and many journals Backed his beliefs. He was born here.
—W. H. Auden, The Age of Anxiety

It is still deemed civilized to believe in European civilization.
—Matthew Craske, Art in Europe 1700–1830

In the issue of the London Times Literary Supplement for March 6, 1996, readers of that venerable journal were given a remarkable account of the kind of intellectual license which is now commonplace for scholars in high places to impose upon objects of art-historical study. For those who had not yet fully awakened to the implications of the postmodern assault on the history and criticism of the fine arts, it must have come as a rude...