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

By Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde

The significant other presents an obtainable serious survey of Western visible artwork conception from assets in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance idea via to modern writings.

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Although most authors agree that Platonic ideas cannot be grasped by the senses, the conviction that pictures can represent or refer to Platonic ideas has appeared now and then in the history of the theory of mimesis, enhancing the value of pictures. The reason for this higher valuation is the fact that the abstract intellectual world was regarded as much more valuable than the fleeting and ever-changing world of the senses, which is the domain of mimemata. The Production of Mimemata Thus, according to ancient thought mimesis was, in a passive sense, the reception of mental images, and in an active sense it was seen as the production ( poiesis) of objects intended to create mental images in the minds of the perceivers.

By A. H. Armstrong in Plotinus with an English Translation, vol. 1, Loeb Classical Library, p. 3 Seneca (1967) Epistulae morales 65, trans. by R. M. Gummere, Loeb Classical Library, p. 1–2, trans. by E. C. Marchant, Loeb Classical Library, pp. 10–11, trans. by O. J. Todd, Loeb Classical Library, p. 2, trans. by O. J. Todd, Loeb Classical Library, p. 421 Further reading Else, Gerald F. (1957) Aristotle’s Poetics: The Argument, Harvard Else, Gerald F. (1958) ‘ “Imitation” in the fifth century’ Classical Philology 53 pp.

It is an application of Panotsky’s famous claim that artificial perspective is a ‘symbolic form’, that perspective rationalized the subjective experience of viewing and thus created the foundation for the development of new worlds of experience (Panotsky, 1991). In particular, Alberti’s aim to found the construction of pictorial space on systematic principles concerns the relationships between a rational and lucid order of depiction and a rational and authoritative ordering of social and public affairs.

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