Flesh and the Ideal
Winckelmann and the Origins of Art History New edition
By (author) Alex Potts
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Flesh and the Ideal by Alex Potts
Book DescriptionThis is the first intellectual biography in English of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), one of the most famous eighteenth-century German philosophers and aestheticians, considered by many to be the father of modern art history. Analysing Winckelmann's magnum opus, 'The History of the Art of Antiquity', Potts explains the fundamental importance to art history of this eloquent account of the aesthetic and imaginative Greek ideal in art. "Flesh and the Ideal' gives us a new look at one of the more complex protagonists of the Enlightenment ...Potts deserves our thanks for bringing Winckelmann back to the centre of current art-historical thinking.' Bruce Boucher, The Times 'This study of Winckelmann's magisterial contribution to the history of art and his place as a founder of the modern discipline is the result of a process of long distillation and careful thought ...A fascinating and stimulating re-reading of Winckelmann.' Alison Yarrington, Art History Alex Potts is collegiate professor, history of art, at the University of Michigan.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300087369
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alex Potts
Experiments in Modern Realism, Hardback (June 2013)
Offers an understanding of the aethetics and politics of postwar European and American art. Questioning the widespread assumption that the most innovative practices were non-representational, this title shows how a powerful realist impulse operated alongside a strong commitment to abstraction.
Modern Sculpture Reader, Paperback (August 2012)
Presents a collection of writings on the creation, display, and interpretation of sculpture. This title offers an insight into the development of the critical language of sculpture and its connections to other media in an era of increasingly conceptual artistic practice.
History of the Art of Antiquity, Paperback (March 2006)
Investigates the idea of beauty over time and space. This book offers a chronological account whose conceptual and historical paradigms have been reiterated and contested into the twentieth century. It not only sketches the circumstances that shaped Winckelmann's project but also assesses this scholar's influence on European intellectual life.
Sculptural Imagination, Hardback (December 2000)» View all books by Alex Potts
A study of the sculptural imagination. Alex Potts explores the special qualities of sculpture as a free-standing, three-dimensional entity, and he considers the distinctive demands sculpture places on the viewer. The book begins with the 18th century and proceeds to the end of the 20th.
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