Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Art theory
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A. Roots in Antiquity

The artistic practices of Antiquity revived in importance from the time of Petrarch, and so did theoretical literature on the subject. That literature ranges widely in type, and is not always specifically related to visual art. For instance, it also includes works of literarary theory, such as the Greek Poetics (Perì poiētikês) of Aristotle and the Latin Ars poetica/Epistula ad Pisones of Horace, for analogies were often made in Antiquity between art and literature. This analogy was already at an early date attributed to the early…

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Landfester, Manfred (Gießen), “Art theory”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004892>
First published online: 2015



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