Winckelmann and the Notion of Aesthetic Education by Jeffrey Morrison

Winckelmann and the Notion of Aesthetic Education

byJeffrey Morrison

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This work deals with the process of aesthetic education, as defined by Winckelmann on the basis of his own experience of art and as applied to his teaching of two pupils. A number of crucial difficulties are revealed, not least because Winckelmann's teaching programme does little justice tohis insights, which were later appreciated and, in some cases, reproduced by Goethe.

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Jeffrey Morrison, Lecturer in German, St Patrick's College, County Kildare.
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Title:Winckelmann and the Notion of Aesthetic EducationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:284 pagesPublished:April 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198159129

ISBN - 13:9780198159124

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This book examines the pivotal role of Johann Joachim Winckelmann as an arbiter of classical taste. It identifies the key features of Winckelmann's treatment of classical beauty, particularly in his famous descriptions, and investigates his teaching of the appreciation of beauty. The work identifies and examines the point at which theory and descriptive method are merged in a practical attempt to offer aesthetic education. The publications and correspondence of Winckelmann's pupils are offered as criteria for judging the success of his mission, eventually casting doubt upon his concept of aesthetic education, both in theory and in practice. The final chapter of the book is concerned with Goethe's reception of Winckelmann, which shows unusual sensitivity to his work's aesthetic core. It also shows how Goethe's own writing on Italy reveals a process of independent aesthetic education akin to Winckelmann's and distinct from his pupils. The work is founded in close textual analysis but also covers the principles of aesthetic education, the value of the Grand Tour and