By Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde
The spouse offers an available serious survey of Western visible artwork conception from resources in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance idea via to modern writings.
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Within its stable and ordered space, the actions and tribulations of gods and mortals can be offered to sensual, expressive and psychological scrutiny. In the context of the Treatise as a whole, perspective as a method of realistic representation is a means to the end of the realization of thematic purposes in which aesthetic, moral and political elements are interdependent. Alberti’s window was to open out into a world governed by a very particular unity of moral and aesthetic order through his account of composition and the istoria.
The more subtle the conception, the greater the work, hence the acclaim given to Piero della Francesca, 16 Introduction Titian, Poussin or, in response to a modern world, Seurat. Of course the principles of istoria also lend themselves to theatrical melodrama or to the moralizing anecdotal painting of Victorian England. How the traditional principles are used or appropriated depends, of course, on the relationships between the art and the culture – art is, after all, one of the ways in which the interests and values of a society are constituted.
1400. Medieval theory of art, however, did not begin seriously until late in the eighth century, when the Carolingian scholars (so-called because of their association with the Emperor Charlemagne) undertook, for the ﬁrst time in the medieval West, a detailed examination of the nature and role of the visual arts. Medieval thinkers on every topic were powerfully inﬂuenced by their Greek and Roman forebears. In the case of aesthetics and art theory, the principal concepts and theories were inherited from Pythagoras, Plato, the Neoplatonists (Plotinus and the Pseudo-Dionysius), Augustine and Vitruvius.
A Companion to Art Theory by Paul Smith, Carolyn Wilde