Neoplatonic Aesthetics

Neoplatonic Aesthetics : Music, Literature, & the Visual Arts

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Neoplatonic Aesthetics: Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts explores the idea of a Neoplatonic aesthetic, a philosophy of the arts based on the writings of Plato and the Neoplatonists - principally Plotinus, Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius, Nicolas Cusanus, and Marsilio Ficino - and more contemporary philosophers - Stephen MacKenna, Iris Murdoch, Denman Ross, Jacques Derrida, and Hans Georg Gadamer. This book examines the artistic production of figures such as Gioseffe Zarlino, Fra Angelico, Leon Battista Alberti, Sandro Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Giorgio Vasari, and it formulates theoretical approaches to contemporary production based in the Neoplatonic philosophies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 222.25 x 19.05mm | 430g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • Neuausg.
  • 16 fig.
  • 0820471119
  • 9780820471112
  • 1,978,382

Table of contents

Contents: John Hendrix/Liana De Girolami Cheney: Introduction - Turker Eroglu/Haci Mustafa Acikoz: One Instrument (Ney) and Two Philosophical Traditions - Georgia Markea/Christos Terezis: The Art of Flute-Playing in Proclus, the Neoplatonist - Kalomoira Polychronopoulou/Christos Terezis: The Neoplatonic Approach of Proclus to Music in Relation to Politics and Metaphysics - Lisa Friend: Grammar, Rhetoric and Music: Zarlino's Theories and Pierre Boulez: " L'Artisanat Furieux " from Le Marteau Sans Maître - Albert Anderson: Plato's Heritage in the Arts: Form as Essence - Jonathan Scott Lee: "...if one had the power to look at the god in oneself" - Metaphysics as Hermeneutics in the Aesthetics of Plotinus - Patrick Quinn: Translator as Commentator: Stephen MacKenna's Views on Spiritual Transcendence - Sante Maletta: Moral Life and the Experience of Beauty: Iris Murdoch's Pilgrimage from Fantasy into Reality - Allie Terry: A Humanist Reading of Fra Angelico's Frescoes at San Marco - John Hendrix: The Neoplatonic Aesthetics of Leon Battista Alberti - Aphrodite Alexandrakis: Plotinus, Marsilio Ficino, and Renaissance Art - Michael Grillo: David's Other: Creation by the Gaze - Tammy Smithers: Michelangelo's Artistic Captivity as Mirrored in His Neoplatonic Captives - Liana De Girolami Cheney: Giorgio Vasari's Neoplatonic Cosmology: The Planets - Marie Frank: Platonic Thought in American Design Theory c. 1900 - Youli Rapti/Helen Tatla: Neoplatonic Origins of Postmodern Art and Architecture.
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About Liana De Girolami Cheney

The Editors: Liana De Girolami Cheney is Professor of Art History and Chairperson of the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is the author of Botticelli's Neoplatonic Images; Quattrocento Neoplatonism and Medici Humanism in Botticelli's Mythological Paintings; and The Paintings of the Casa Vasari. She is coauthor of Pre-Raphaelitism and Medievalism in the Arts; The Symbolism of Vanitas in the Arts; Readings in Italian Mannerism (Peter Lang, 1997/2004); Self-Portraits by Women Painters; Neoplatonism and the Arts; and Essays on Women Artists: «The Most Excellent».
John Hendrix is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He is the author of Platonic Architectonics (Peter Lang, 2004), Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures (Peter Lang, 2003), History and Culture in Italy, and The Relation Between Architectural Forms and Philosophical Structures in the Work of Francesco Borromini in Seventeenth-Century Rome. He is coauthor of Neoplatonism and the Arts.
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