"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Art historians today tend to be divided between those who study what objects mean and those who study how objects are made.

[art history: Joseph Leo Koenrer, ]

Posted by rp on 09.13.2009

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