Graces as an Aesthetic Concept

ICH3758HS  L0101
Offered in Winter 2015  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

For much of the Western art tradition, the concept of grace has been an Important critical concept for Its ability to capture the often elusive quality of artistic affect. Often referred to as the "je ne sals quoi" of art- that something extra that cannot be explained -grace even supplanted beauty for many wrtters (from Giorgio Vasari to Friedrich Schiller) as the highest artistic Ideal. Often missing from modem analyses of the concept, however, are its theological foundations. This seminar style course will exam the concept of grace within Its theological, philosophical, literary, and art theoretical contexts in an effort to understand both its historical significance and its potential usefulness for the philosophy of art today. We will look at a variety of texts (e.g. from Plato, Cicero, the Pseudo-Dionyslus, Dante, John Calvin, Alexander Pope, Friedrich Schiller, Martin Heldegger) as well as works of art for which grace is an important and defining aesthetic concept.

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Schedule: Thursday, 9:30 to 12:30
Instructors: Rebekah Smick
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 3 · Max: 15

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