Aesthetics and Painting (Continuum Aesthetics) by Jason Gaiger

By Jason Gaiger

This e-book bargains a fascinating and complicated examine the debates and concepts eager about the aesthetics of portray - a part of an enormous new sequence from Continuum's philosophy list."Aesthetics and portray" introduces and opens up present debates and ideas within the aesthetics of portray. on the book's centre is an research of the complicated courting among what a portray depicts and the capability through which it really is depicted. The publication appears at: how and why pictorial illustration will be uncommon from different kinds of illustration; the connection among the painted floor and the depicted topic; the 'rules of illustration' particular to portray; summary artwork 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 paintings and philosophy, "Aesthetics and portray" continues to be hugely readable all through, supplying a transparent and coherent account of the character of portray as an paintings form." The Continuum Aesthetics sequence" appears to be like on the aesthetic questions and matters raised via all significant artwork types. Stimulating, enticing and available, the sequence bargains nutrition for idea not just for college kids of aesthetics, but additionally for a person with an curiosity in philosophy and the humanities.

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Gombrich’s use of the term ‘illusion’ also points back to a much earlier tradition of enquiry, finding an important counterpart in Plato’s characterization of art as a ‘semblance’ or ‘phantasm’. 4 The very facility with which these skills are now deployed prevents us from recognizing that they were acquired only through a lengthy process of study and investigation. Because we stand at the end of this process, it is easy for us to assume that these hard-won techniques have always been available and that anyone who seeks to record what she sees by making marks on paper will follow the same self-evident methods of representation.

For not only does Plato refuse any role to art in the ascent to ‘pure beauty’, he expressly denies that artists can represent or be guided by ideal forms. In book X of the Republic, he raises the question, ‘To which is painting directed in every case, to the imitation of reality as it is or of appearance as it appears? ’40 As we have seen, his unequivocal answer is that painting belongs to the realm of appearances and that it leads us away from rather than towards true knowledge. Nonetheless, Plato’s theory of ideas, heavily mediated through the writings of Plotinus and the Neo-Platonists, was refashioned by later philosophers and art theorists, who promoted the contrary view that through divine inspiration artists are granted direct access to the realm of ideal forms.

36 The concept of mimˉesis – although frequently rendered as imitation – cannot be understood in terms of a simple doubling or mirroring of the original. The question at issue is how this moment of difference is to be characterized. As we have seen, Plato’s search for the ‘principle of truth’ that applies to images is guided by the belief that truth resides in the correspondence or identity between two things. As a result, he interprets the non-identity between an artwork and its model in nature as a misrepresentation: an imitation is always less than the thing that it imitates.

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