John F. Moffitt, Ph.D. (1966) in Art History, University of Madrid, is Professor Emeritus of Art at New Mexico State University. He has published extensively about the historic settings of major art works; among a dozen books, his latest is Caravaggio in Context (McFarland, 2004).
Inspiration: Bacchus and the Cultural History of a Creation Mythby John F. Moffitt
This book reveals the antique pedigree of a now commonplace term, "Inspiration," an essential creation-myth presently propelling notions of "self-expression" in modern art-making. Knowledge of the ancient sources and later evolution of such supposedly "modernist" fixations makes a significant contribution to our historical-cultural understanding.
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