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By Jason Gaiger

ISBN-10: 0826485219

ISBN-13: 9780826485212

This booklet deals an interesting and complicated examine the debates and ideas considering the aesthetics of portray - a part of a massive new sequence from Continuum's philosophy list."Aesthetics and portray" introduces and opens up present debates and concepts within the aesthetics of portray. on the book's centre is an research of the advanced dating among what a portray depicts and the skill during which it's depicted. The publication appears at: how and why pictorial illustration might be amazing from other kinds of illustration; the connection among the painted floor and the depicted topic; the 'rules of illustration' particular to portray; summary paintings and non-representational portray; portray as an traditionally reflexive and self-critical perform; the latest technological and aesthetic advancements and their implications; and, the modern demanding situations to portray. a worldly therapy of significant principles in artwork and philosophy, "Aesthetics and portray" is still hugely readable all through, delivering a transparent and coherent account of the character of portray as an artwork form." The Continuum Aesthetics sequence" seems to be on the aesthetic questions and matters raised via all significant paintings kinds. Stimulating, attractive and obtainable, the sequence deals nutrition for concept not just for college students of aesthetics, but in addition for an individual with an curiosity in philosophy and the humanities.

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The treatise is divided into three books, which move progressively from a theoretical discussion of painting through to its practical and pedagogical application: The first, which is entirely mathematical, shows how this noble and beautiful art arises from roots within Nature herself. The second puts the art into the hands of the artist, distinguishes its parts and explains them all. 13 21 AESTHETICS AND PAINTING Unlike the authors of medieval workshop manuals, Alberti locates the rudiments of painting not in practical skills such as the grinding of pigments or the selection of the appropriate brushes, but in a correct understanding of how the world reveals itself to sight.

20 I now want to consider in more detail Plato’s account of the nature of artistic representation, focussing in particular on his theory of mimˉesis. The ancient Greek word mimeˉ sis is a polysemic term, whose correct translation remains a source of considerable debate. 21 The difficulty of finding a single English equivalent arises from its usage in a variety of different contexts, not all of which 27 AESTHETICS AND PAINTING refer to works of art. This problem is compounded by the lack of a single Greek term for our modern concept of art.

26 A WINDOW ONTO THE WORLD I suggested at the end of the previous section that an account of painting as an art of imitation cannot be based exclusively on the likeness between a painting and its subject, but must also identify and explain those ‘qualities’ that belong to a painting but not to what it represents. Another way of formulating this question is to ask: how does a painting differ from what it is a painting of? The foregoing discussion has shown that although Alberti characterizes painting as a window onto the world, he also identifies a number of sui generis features that distinguish a painting from an arbitrary view through a window.

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