This week, our Resource List of the Week will be focused on Art. Before starting, let’s give a definition of Art.
What is Art?
According to the Philosophy Now (2018), Art is;
“… an expression of our thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and desires.”
Here below, we have put together five titles to help you better understand the subject.
1. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
This book explores a series of remarkable responses to a young would-be poet, on poetry and surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. The title was written by Rainer between 1903 and 1908 and contains an accompanying chronicle of his life. This outlines the author’s experiences in his own relationship to life and work during those years.
2. The Italian Renaissance – John Stephens
This title explores the author’s interpretation of the significant cultural change which took place in Italy from the time of Petrarch to the Reformation. In particular, it considers the wider contribution this cultural transformation had to Europe. His analysis, designed for both students and serious general readers of history as well as specialists, is not a straight narrative history; rather, it is an examination of humanists, artists and patrons who were the instruments of this change.
3. On Photography: A Philosophical Inquiry – Diarmuid Costello
This book tries to answer fascinating questions like what is photography? Is photography a source of knowledge or an art? As well as this, the title draws on images by Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, Paul Strand, Lee Friedlander, James Welling, and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others, and the writings of Elizabeth Eastlake, Peter Henry Emerson, Edward Weston, Siegfried Kracauer, André Bazin, and Stanley Cavell.
4. Art History – Marilyn Stokstad, Michael Cothren
This title offers a balance of formal analysis and contextual art history in order to engage a diverse student audience. It provides students with access to knowledge about global art and its historical contexts while presenting information in an accessible way.
5. Art & Beauty – Maurice De Wulf
This title attempts to establish a philosophy of art, that is both intellectual and objective. At first sight, it may appear that these goals are at variance with contemporary ideas. On closer examination, however, the reader will see that the tendency is in the opposite direction, a closer approach to present-day thought rather than a departure from it.
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