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Aesthetic Themes in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism : From Plotinus to Gregory of Nyssa.

Author: Daniele Iozzia
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.
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Whilst aesthetics as a discipline did not exist before the modern age, ancient philosophers give many insights about beauty and art. In Late Antiquity Plotinus confronted the problem of beauty and the value of the arts. Plotinus' reflections have an important role in the development of the concept of the value of artistic imagination during the Renaissance and the Romantic era, but he also influenced the artistic  Read more...
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Iozzia, Daniele.
Aesthetic Themes in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism : From Plotinus to Gregory of Nyssa.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, ©2015
Named Person: Plotinus.; Gregory, of Nyssa Saint; Gregory, of Nyssa Saint; Plotinus.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniele Iozzia
ISBN: 9781472572349 1472572343
OCLC Number: 905992880
Description: 1 online resource (145 pages)
Contents: Cover page; Halftitle page; Series page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Preface; Introduction The Heritage of Classicism in Late Antiquity; The issue of the portrait; Plato and Aristotle on mimetic art; Late antique aesthetics in this book; 1 Rhetoric and Aesthetics in Plotinus; The expressive purpose of the metaphor in Plotinus; The anamnestic and anagogic role of art; Plotinus' view on the world through a metaphor of art; 2 Philosophy and Culture of Gregory of Nyssa; The impact of philosophy on Christianity. Christianity and the Platonic traditionThe Platonic tradition in Gregory of Nyssa; Elements of Gregory of Nyssa's aesthetic reflection; 3 Sculpting and Painting Between Metaphor and Didacticism; A metaphor of sculpting in Plotinus; A metaphor of sculpting in Gregory of Nyssa; Justification of the didactic use of painting; Basil and Gregory of Nyssa on the silent voice of painting; An appendix on an unresolved issue: Michelangelo, the metaphor of sculpting and Plotinus; 4 Gold and Light; The beauty of what is not compounded; The issue of good proportion. Stylistic trends in the art of late antiquityPlotinus' view on good proportion in Basil and Gregory of Nyssa; 5 The Paradoxes of Beauty; The emotions of love in Plotinus; Beauty and Eros; A list of emotions; The paradox of divine beauty; Beauty, love and fear; Conclusion Aesthetics and the Ineffable Beauty; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index.

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Whilst aesthetics as a discipline did not exist before the modern age, ancient philosophers give many insights about beauty and art. In Late Antiquity Plotinus confronted the problem of beauty and the value of the arts. Plotinus' reflections have an important role in the development of the concept of the value of artistic imagination during the Renaissance and the Romantic era, but he also influenced the artistic taste of his time. Aesthetic Themes in Pagan and Christian Neoplatonism reconstructs the aesthetic philosophical views of Late Antiquity, and their relation to artistic production of.

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