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How we understand art : a cognitive developmental account of aesthetic experience

Author: Michael J Parsons
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The seminal theory of the development of our understanding of the visual arts presented in this book has much in common with the Piagetian theory of cognitive development and the Kohlbergian theory  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Parsons
ISBN: 0521329493 9780521329491 0521379660 9780521379663
OCLC Number: 14129432
Description: xiv, 159 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Cognitive developmental theory --
Assumptions about art --
Organization of the book : topics and stages --
Methodology --
Overview of the five stages. Favoritism ; Beauty and realism ; Expressiveness ; Style and form ; Autonomy ; Color ; Favorites ; The idea of pictorial representation ; Association with the subject ; The enjoyment of paintings --
The subject. Beauty ; The indefinite other ; Realism ; Schematic and photographic realism ; Excuses ; The subjective theme --
Expression. Feelings as behaviors ; Picturing feelings ; Connecting the artist with the painting ; Conceptions of expression ; Subjectivity ; The individuality of expression ; Interpretation ; The corrigibility of interpretation ; The publicity of the painting --
The medium, form, and style. Difficulty and skill ; Modern art ; The expressiveness of abstract art ; Expressiveness and the medium ; Searching for meaning ; Technique ; Style ; Detecting and understanding style ; The expression of nonsubjective qualities ; The public meanings of the medium ; The style of Renoir --
Judgment. The objectivity of judgment ; The natural criteria reversed ; The relativism of taste ; The criterion of genuine feeling ; The colors of individual experience ; The possibilities of agreement ; The offering of reasons ; Relativism and the artworld ; Questioning experience ; The question of style ; Reasons for judgments.
Responsibility: Michael J. Parsons.

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