By Federico Vercellone,Sarah De Sanctis

Traces the decline of good looks as a fantastic from early German romanticism to the 20 th century.

The American summary expressionist painter Barnett Newman famously declared in 1948 that the impulse of contemporary paintings is to break attractiveness. now not lengthy after that, Andy Warhol used to be reconciling the area of artwork with the realm of lifestyle, portray soup cans and soda bottles. during this booklet, Federico Vercellone offers an account of the decline of good looks as a Platonic excellent from early German Romanticism to the 20th century. He lines this highbrow trajectory from Goethe, Dilthey, and Nietzsche, via modernism and the avant-garde movement ment, to the paintings of Adorno and Heidegger. instead of the dying or destruction of attractiveness, Vercellone argues as an alternative that attractiveness within the 20th century got here again to stay in truth and way of life. He indicates this can be a re-creation of the classical perfect instead of an abandonment of it, and additional makes the case for the ecological value of this orientation and outlook.

Federico Vercellone is Professor of Philosophy on the college of Torino and the writer of many books, together with (with Olaf Breidbach) Thinking and mind's eye: among technology and Art.

Sarah De Sanctis is a philosophy pupil and the translator of over fifteen philosophy books, together with Quasi-Things: The Paradigm of Atmospheres, via Tonino Griffero and Manifesto of latest Realism, through Maurizio Ferraris, either additionally released by way of SUNY Press. She has edited, with Anna Longo, Breaking the Spell: modern Realism lower than Discussion.

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