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Plato’s Theory of Fine Art

   
by Constantine Cavarnos

“Plato’s theory of fine art is one of great intrinsic value. Yet, traditionally it has been seriously misinterpreted. This book, based on a thorough study of Plato’s works, both in English translation and in the original Greek, is an attempt to correct the traditional misinterpretation of Plato’s teaching on fine art by presenting in a systematic manner what he has said about fine art in general and about specific arts, and clarifying it wherever necessary in the light of the rest of his philosophy.”
—“Preface”

CONTENTS

PREFACE
GENERAL THEORY OF FINE ART
   1. Introductory. 2. Distinction between True Art and Pseudo Art. 3. Two Kinds of Imitation. 4. True Art is not immoral. 5. Identity of the Good and the Beautiful. 6. True Art Expresses Beauty. 7. Conclusion.
CRITIQUE OF THE FINE ARTS
   1. Architecture. 2. Sculpture. 3. Painting. 4. The Dance. 5. Music. 6. Literature. a. Rhetoric. b. Stories. c. Comedy. d. Tragedy. e. Lyric Poetry. f. Epic Poetry. 7. Conclusion.
SELECTED PASSAGES FROM PLATO’S WORKS ON ART AN THE BEAUTIFUL
I. True Fine Art. 1. Architecture. 2. Sculpture. 3. Painting. 4. The Dance. 5. Music. 6. Rhetoric. 7. Stories. 8. Comedy. 9. Tragedy. 10. Hymns and Encomia. II. Pseudo Art. III. Marks of the Beautiful. 1. Simplicity. 2. Clarity. 3. Organic Unity. 4. Appropriateness. 5. Measure. 6. Proportion. 7. Harmony and Rhythm.
GREEK SUMMARY
A REVIEW OF THE FIRST EDITION BY PROF. JOHN E. REXINE
NOTES
INDEX

Item Number: BKC439
Publication Data: Belmont, MA: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1998
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 107
Dimensions (l × w × h): 20.4 cm × 14.1 cm × 0.8 cm
ISBN: 1‒884729‒35‒5

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