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Peter Vergo

That Divine Order

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ISBN: 0714843512
Издательство: Phaidon Press
Год издания: 2005
Страниц: 304
Book DescriptionEver since antiquity, philosophers have pointed to the supposed ?divine? character of music, and following Pythagoras?s discovery of the mathematical basis of the musical scale, have posited a link between the mathematical order of music, the physical order of the universe and the moral order of human society. Both practising artists and moralists came to believe that, by demonstrating an analogy with music, they could claim a dignity and value for their art ? whether painting, architecture or sculpture ? that it might otherwise lack. Why was this so? What was the point of such analogies? What advantages was music believed to enjoy, by comparison with the visual arts? Artists and critics frequently cited music as a manifestation of God-given order to which visual arts should aspire. But on what evidence was this belief in the inherently systematic character of music based; and in practical terms, how might visual art seek to emulate any...