The Age of Figurative Theo-Humanism: The Beauty of God and Man in German Aesthetics of Painting and Sculpture (1754-1828) (Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life, Volume 3)

The Age of Figurative Theo-Humanism: The Beauty of God and Man in German Aesthetics of Painting and Sculpture (1754-1828) (Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life, Volume 3)

Franco Cirulli


it is a complete, built-in account of eighteenth and early 19th century German figurative aesthetics. the writer makes a speciality of the theologically-minded discourse at the visible arts that opened up in Germany, circa 1754-1828, to critique the belief that German romanticism and idealism pursued a formalist worship of attractiveness and of unbridled creative autonomy. This publication foregrounds what the writer phrases an “Aesthetics of Figurative Theo humanism”. It starts off with the sculptural aesthetics of Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Gottfried Herder prior to relocating directly to Karl Philipp Moritz, Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder and Friedrich Schelling. The reader will detect how this aesthetic culture, after an preliminary obsession with classical sculpture, selected portray because the medium extra suited for the fashionable self’s exploration of transcendence. This paradigm-shift is traced within the aesthetic discourse of Friedrich Schlegel and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. during this paintings, the common prejudice that such aesthetics initiated a so-called “Modern Grand Narrative of the Arts” is deconstructed. One accusation directed at 18th century aesthetics has been that it realised into “Art” what had formerly been a residing, wealthy tissue of which means: this paintings indicates how Figurative Theo humanism's recognition to aesthetic values used to be by no means indifferent from deeper theological and humanistic concerns. in addition, it argues that this aesthetic discourse by no means forgot that it emerged from sleek disenchantment―far from occluding the size of secularization, it attracts poignant that means from it. a person with an curiosity within the present debates concerning the scope and nature of aesthetics(philosophers of paintings, theology, or faith) will locate this publication of serious curiosity and counsel.

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