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Forms and Substances in the Arts

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An engaging companion piece to The Arts of the Beautiful, this volume advances Etienne Gilson's theories about art as a process of "making" by focusing on the substances available to an artist. The basis for his argument is grounded in the distinction between arts concerned with the creation of beauty and arts that are primarily functional. He takes up in turn: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, dance, poetry, and the theater, analyzing in each the basic materials afforded the artist, the possibilities of ...

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Overview

An engaging companion piece to The Arts of the Beautiful, this volume advances Etienne Gilson's theories about art as a process of "making" by focusing on the substances available to an artist. The basis for his argument is grounded in the distinction between arts concerned with the creation of beauty and arts that are primarily functional. He takes up in turn: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, dance, poetry, and the theater, analyzing in each the basic materials afforded the artist, the possibilities of artistic form, and the means of transformation and creation.

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"An extremely learned and down-to-earth historian. In the philosophy of art he is a scholastic philosopher with a difference." -- Times Literary Supplement

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"Gilson probably has no contemporary peer in the lucidity of his mind and the balance of his historical judgements." --Reinhold Niebuhr, New York Times

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"This is a grand philosophical essay." -- Library Journal

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First published by Scribner in 1966, this translation of Gilson's study allows English readers access to the aesthetician's thought. Gilson's theory about art focuses on the substances used by the artist<-->architecture, sculpture, painting, music, dance, poetry, and theater are discussed in turn<-->basing his argument on the distinction between those arts solely concerned with the creation of beauty and those that are primarily functional. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564782540
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 828
  • Sales rank: 1,080,251
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A world-renowned philosopher and historian, Etienne Gilson was a professor of Medieval Philosophy at the Sorbonne and at the College de France. He helped to found the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of many works, including Painting and Reality, The Philosopher and Theology, and The Spirit of Medieval Philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Distinction Between the Arts of the Beautiful 16
2 Architecture 39
3 Statuary 75
4 Painting 106
5 Music 142
6 The Dance 184
7 Poetry 210
8 The Theatre 244
Index 279
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