If it is true that a painting can `think visually’, then it is also true that Diderot was the first to say so - and he has spelled out this concept better than anyone else. Diderot’s Salons show that the `imaginal’ sense that arises from the engagement with a picture needs to be investigated using the concepts of ékphrasis and theatricality - the capacity to explore the power of pictures in relation to the composition of the scene, to the expressive and pantomimic gestures, and to what can be called a `theory of affections’. The book will focus on an issue that pertains to the theory of pictures, on a question that is ground-breaking in the English-speaking academic context: how can we look at a picture in order to rethink aesthetics as a discipline that allows us to look at pictures from a philosophical point of view? The Salons demonstrate that the `imaginal’ process leading to knowledge always emerges from the picture itself, and that this process always needs to be supported by a method of inquiry that can rightly be called a philosophical method - as Diderot was a philosopher himself. Even when approaching this issue from a contemporary perspective, this method should always be related to the concepts of ékphrasis and theatricality. Fundamental, however, is also the `pathetic’, the emotionally stimulating, due to its essential relation to the enjoyment of pictures - something rooted in aesthetic disinterestedness, absorption and, conversely, voyeurism.
Philosophy of Picture : Denis Diderot’s Salons / M. Mazzocut-Mis. - Bern : Peter Lang, 2018. - ISBN 9783034334723.
|Titolo:||Philosophy of Picture : Denis Diderot’s Salons|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Parole Chiave:||Diderot; Aesthetics; Theatricality; Salons; Philosophy of Picture|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-FIL/04 - Estetica|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/b13494|
|Citazione:||Philosophy of Picture : Denis Diderot’s Salons / M. Mazzocut-Mis. - Bern : Peter Lang, 2018. - ISBN 9783034334723.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||05 - Volume|