In this study, Beat Wyss provides a critical analysis of Hegel's of art history. Analogous to his philosophy of history, Hegel viewed the history of art in dialectical terms: With its origins in the Ancient Near East, Western art culminated in Classical Greece, but began its decline already in the Hellenistic period. Yet, as Wyss posits, art refuses its programmed demise. He highlights the political dimension of I this contradiction, showing the implications of theories that subordinate art to the will of absolute rule.
Part I. Hegel's Last Walk Through his Museum: 1. Morning: oriental symbolism; 2. Noon; 3. Evening: the West; 4. The fourth chapter of the dialectics; Part II. An Unholy Alliance: 5. Degeneration; 6. Decline; 7. Loss of the centre; 8. Decadence; Part III. Reason Outschemed: Epilogue.