The Spirit of Secular Art: A History of the Sacramental Roots of Contemporary Artistic Values

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Monash University ePress, 2007 - 179 páginas
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THE SPIRIT OF SECULAR ART explains the spiritual prestige of art. Various theorists have discussed how art has an aura or indefinable magic. This book explains how, when and why it gained its spiritual properties. The idea that all art is somehow spiritual (even though not religious) is often assumed; this book, while narrating the historical trajectory of art in the most accessible language, reveals how the mysteries of religious practice are abstracted and saved through all stages of secularisation in European culture. THE SPIRIT OF SECULAR ART presents a coherent theory defining the sacred basis of Western aesthetics. It evocatively describes the afterlife of the holy from Ancient Greece to the present, and outlines how the mysterious institution of art can be explained in material terms. Unlike other books in the genre, THE SPIRIT OF SECULAR ART radically deconstructs traditional art history in terms of 'prestige' and the value of the non-material. The book functions as: an alternative critical history of art, integrated with the histories of literature and belief; a philosophical essay on the fundamental values of art and religion; and a critique of the spiritual conceits of contemporary aesthetics and art appreciation.
 

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Body and blood
3-1
The agonies of spiritual invention
4-1
Substance and sublimity
5-1
The industrial spirit
6-1
Mechanical reproduction
7-1
The new and the true
8-1
In the name of critique
9-1
Globalization of the Indigenous spirit
10-1
Conclusion
10-16
References
12-1
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Robert Nelsonnbsp;is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University, Australia, where he lectures in art history and research methods. He is the author of many scholarly and polemical essays and reviews in journals such asnbsp; Photofile nbsp;andnbsp; Artlink . Robert Nelson is also the art critic fornbsp; The Age , a major Australian newspaper, and is the author of over 700 published newspaper articles. In 2000 he was the recipient of the national Pascal Prize, which recognises the contribution of arts criticism to Australian culture. He is the author ofnbsp; The Visuality of Painting nbsp;(forthcoming, IB Tauris).

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