Fine Arts | Neoplatonism contra Classicism: Theories at Odds - NEW TIME & DAY
A672 | 2205 | Davezac

Problems in Art Theory II

	This seminar on Neoplatonism is as its primary aim to introduce
students to issues that were central, historically, to the formation of
movements in art, often in periods of crisis, that went counter to the
classical tradition.

	Neoplatonism cast its long shadow on the developments taking place
in art at the close of almost every century since it first formulated its
approach to the image in the work of Plotinus in the 3rd century A.D.  We
find its influence in several key instances.  Among these, (and not naming
them all): first  in Byzantium  in the work of the Pseudo Dionysius, a 5th
century  writer, and its influence on John Damascene; with its translation
from Greek into Latin in 827 and its influence on John Scotus Eriugena and
Carolingian and Ottonian  manuscript  illumination in the 9th century; on
Abbot Suger at Saint Denis, in the 12th century; on Pico della Mirandola
and Marcilio Ficino in the Platonic Academy in Italy and their influence
on such artists as Botticelli and Michelangelo in the 15th century; on the
late 19th century French symbolists and Nabis, some of whom directly
studied the work of Plotinus and his followers.

	It is hoped that students interested in one of more of these
different fields will enroll in order to obtain some background in the
theoretical premises that fueled each of these movements.

	The procedure for the seminar will be 2-fold: 1) Students will
collectively acquire a general basic knowledge of the principles of
Neoplatonism;    2) Students will choose the particular period they wish
to study and upon which they intend to base their papers.  They will be
directed to principal Neoplatonic texts affecting the movement they choose
to study.
	They will be expected to share their findings with the other
students so that all may acquire some knowledge of issues outside of their
chosen field.