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By Federico Vercellone,Sarah De Sanctis

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

The American summary expressionist painter Barnett Newman famously declared in 1948 that the impulse of contemporary paintings is to damage good looks. no longer lengthy after that, Andy Warhol was once reconciling the area of paintings with the area of way of life, portray soup cans and soda bottles. during this ebook, Federico Vercellone presents an account of the decline of attractiveness as a Platonic perfect from early German Romanticism to the 20th century. He lines this highbrow trajectory from Goethe, Dilthey, and Nietzsche, via modernism and the avant-garde stream ment, to the paintings of Adorno and Heidegger. instead of the demise or destruction of good looks, Vercellone argues as an alternative that attractiveness within the 20th century got here again to stay actually and lifestyle. He indicates it is a new version of the classical excellent 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 student and the translator of over fifteen philosophy books, together with Quasi-Things: The Paradigm of Atmospheres, by way of Tonino Griffero and Manifesto of latest Realism, via Maurizio Ferraris, either additionally released by means of SUNY Press. She has edited, with Anna Longo, Breaking the Spell: modern Realism less than Discussion.

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