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Divine or Human Images? Neoplatonic and Christian Views on Works of Art and Aesthetics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: Numen, ISSN 0029-5973, E-ISSN 1568-5276, Vol. 63, no 2-3, 196-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how Neoplatonists and Christians experienced and interpreted works of art, and how views on artists and individual works of art, such as Pheidias' Zeus in Olympia, were expressed by the representatives of traditional Greco-Roman religions and Christians. The way the value of a work of art was expressed in Greco-Roman literature is compared with the comments and opinions of Neoplatonists and Christian authors, which show that art and its appreciation and function are closely connected to the relationship to God in ancient sources. The ideal of beauty took its place to enrich also the Christian view of aesthetics and enhanced the development of both Greco-Roman and Christian art.

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2016. Vol. 63, no 2-3, 196-209 p.
Keyword [en]
ekphrasis, mimesis, phantasia, Neoplatonist, Early Christian, art, rhetoric, aesthetics
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History and Archaeology Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129654DOI: 10.1163/15685276-12341420ISI: 000372537200004OAI: diva2:924549
Available from: 2016-04-28 Created: 2016-04-26 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved

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