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Modes, theory of (art)
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1. Concept in art

The Latin modus originally meant “measure,” “manner,” referring not to a thing or condition per se, but to a relation to something else, the “good” which arose from its particular ontological status. Horace used the term in the sense of a qualification by a certain quantification (“right measure”) that also thereby acquires an ethical dimension: “Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines./Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum” (Sermo…

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Rosenberg, Heidrun, “Modes, theory of (art)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024202>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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