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The Judgment of Sense
Renaissance Naturalism and the Rise of Aesthetics

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  • Date Published: February 1990
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521386319

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  • With the rise of naturalism in the art of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance there developed an extensive and diverse literature about art which helped to explain, justify and shape its new aims. In this book, David Summers provides an investigation of the philosophical and psychological notions invoked in this new theory and criticism. From a thorough examination of the sources, he shows how the medieval language of mental discourse derived from an understanding of classical thought.

    • William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art, University of Virginia
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    • Date Published: February 1990
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521386319
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The primacy of sight
    2. The fallacies of sight
    3. The harmony of the spheres
    4. The harmony of the senses
    5. The common sense
    6. Spiritus
    7. The light of the piazza
    8. Optics and the common sense
    9. Confused knowledge
    10. Cogitation
    11. The mechanical arts
    12. Prudence
    13. The spark of God
    Conclusions
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    David Summers

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