A Companion to Art Theory (Blackwell Companions in Cultural by Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde

By Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde

The better half offers an obtainable severe survey of Western visible paintings thought from assets in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance inspiration via to modern writings.

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By the sixth century the role of the visual arts was no longer the representation of physical beauty, but that of finding pictorial or sculptural analogues for the life of the spirit. The Carolingian Renaissance The Carolingian Renaissance was already well under way before Charlemagne’s coronation in ad 800. e. Western) scholars of the time. One of the written works of the period, of uncertain authorship but known as the Libri Carolini, undertook a detailed discussion of the nature and function of visual art.

1958) ‘ “Imitation” in the fifth century’ Classical Philology 53 pp. 73–90 Halliwell, Stephen (1986) Aristotle’s Poetics, Duckworth Kristeller, Paul Oscar (1965) ‘The modern system of the arts’, in Renaissance Thought II: Papers on Humanism and the Arts, Harper Torchbooks, pp. 163–227 Pollitt, J. J. (1974) The Ancient View of Greek Art: Criticism, History, and Terminology, Yale University Press Schweitzer, B. (1934) ‘Mimesis und Phantasia. Zur antiken Kunsttheorie’ Philologus 89, 286–300 Sörbom, Göran (1966) Mimesis and Art.

20). He also drew attention to articulating the movements of the body. Practitioner that he was, he speaks of observations he has ‘noted from nature’, such as that the movements of the head are ‘always almost such that certain parts of the body have to sustain it with levers, so great is its weight’ (Alberti, 1966, p. 79). The depiction of expressive figures, or of ‘the movements of the soul’ as they are apparent in bodily movement, became a central theme within French Classicism and the teachings of the French Academy.

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