Empathy, Form, and Space: Problems in German Aesthetics, 1873-1893

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Six essays, available here for the first time in English, present an overview of the German movement of psychological aesthetics, Kunstwissenschaft. Written at the end of the 19th century, when art's traditional historical theme appeared exhausted, these works redesigned the theoretical basis of artistic practice. The metaphysical problem of understanding form and space in the natural world gave way to the aesthetic problem of appreciating and exploiting pure form and space in painting, sculpture, music and architecture. ...

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