By Franco Cirulli

this can be a complete, built-in account of eighteenth and early 19th century German figurative aesthetics. the writer specializes in the theologically-minded discourse at the visible arts that opened up in Germany, circa 1754-1828, to critique the belief that German romanticism and idealism pursued a formalist worship of good looks and of unbridled creative autonomy. This publication foregrounds what the writer phrases an “Aesthetics of Figurative Theo humanism”. It begins with the sculptural aesthetics of Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Gottfried Herder sooner than relocating directly to Karl Philipp Moritz, Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder and Friedrich Schelling. The reader will observe how this aesthetic culture, after an preliminary obsession with classical sculpture, selected portray because the medium extra suited for the modern self’s exploration of transcendence. This paradigm-shift is traced within the aesthetic discourse of Friedrich Schlegel and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. In this paintings, the common prejudice that such aesthetics initiated a so-called “Modern Grand Narrative of the Arts” is deconstructed. One accusation directed at 18th century aesthetics has been that it realised into “Art” what had formerly been a residing, wealthy tissue of which means: this paintings indicates how Figurative Theo humanism's attention to aesthetic values was once by no means indifferent from deeper theological and humanistic issues. in addition, it argues that this aesthetic discourse by no means forgot that it emerged from glossy disenchantment—far from occluding the measurement of secularization, it attracts poignant which means from it. Anyone with an curiosity within the present debates in regards to the scope and nature of aesthetics(philosophers of artwork, theology, or faith) will locate this ebook of significant curiosity and assistance.

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