- Publisher: Columbia University Press
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 14mm | 340g
- Publication date: 6 June 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0231106017
- ISBN 13: 9780231106016
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: 5 black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 939,433
Analyzing the rise of art in the 18th century, this treatise demonstrates how painting, sculpture and literature were not regarded as valuable art forms before the emergence of a new bourgeois culture. The author reveals how Romantic poets and philosophers invented art as we know it today.
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A riveting snapshot of the moment in Western intellectual history when art became Art. The New Republic
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Rereading the history of aesthetics. The subject of this study is our modern conception of art.