Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art, Volume 2
Author: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: June 30, 1988
Hegel's Aesthetics presents his seminal art theory. He surveys art history from ancient India, Egypt & Greece to the Romantic movement, criticizes major works & probes their meaning. Examples give scope for his judgment, vividly expositing his theory. His Introduction exposits of his philosophy of art, providing a way into the Aesthetics. Part 1 treats art's general nature: distinguishes art, as a spiritual experience, from religion & philosophy; discusses artistic differentiated from natural beauty & examines artistic genius. Part 2 provides art history divided into three periods: Symbolic (India, Persia, Egypt), Classical (Greece) & Romantic (medieval to 1800). Part 3 deals with architecture, scuplture, painting, music & literature.