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What Language to Say the Arts? : French Rhetoric and German Aesthetics in the Eighteenth Century

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Taking its cue from Horace’s saying “As is painting, so is poetry” (“Ut pictura poesis”), Marc Fumaroli’s treatiseWhat Language to Say the Arts? revisits the genesis of the “conceptual turn” in art. Fumaroli argues that the roots of this transition run deeper than the twentieth-century conceptualism of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. Rather, the origins of conceptual art can be found in the emergence of aesthetics as a distinct branch of philosophy in eighteenth-century Germany, a time when writers, such as Lessing, Baumgarten, Winckelmann, and Kant, tried to analyze art from a purely intellectual perspective. These thinkers positioned themselves in opposition to another, older school of thought based on a poetic approach to the appreciation of art that harkens back to classical antiquity. Fumaroli contends that this aesthetic tradition’s emphasis on pleasure and the sensual enjoyment of art is better suited than high-minded intellectualism to close the perceived gap between artistic practice and language.
Edition: Bilingual
Number of Pages: 70
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: History / General
Series Title: Ut Pictura Poesis
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr
Author: Marc Fumaroli
Language: English
Street Date: February 22, 2016
TCIN: 50750842
UPC: 9780807164150
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-4933
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