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Orpheus in Berlin: A Reappraisal of Johann Georg Sulzer's Theory of the Polite Arts

van der Zande, Johan

Central European history, 1995-06, Vol.28 (2), p.175-208 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Orpheus in Berlin: A Reappraisal of Johann Georg Sulzer's Theory of the Polite Arts
  • Author: van der Zande, Johan
  • Subjects: Articles ; Musical aesthetics ; Morality ; Visual arts ; Soul ; Art objects ; Orphism ; Empiricism ; War ; Aesthetics ; Poetry ; Art and state ; Sulzer, Johann Georg ; Enlightenment ; Beliefs, opinions and attitudes ; Analysis
  • Is Part Of: Central European history, 1995-06, Vol.28 (2), p.175-208
  • Description: In 1771 Johann Georg Sulzer, a well-established member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences and Belles-Lettres, published the first volume of his long awaited lexicon A General Theory of the Polite Arts (Allgemeine Theorie der schönen Künste). Although the work sold well, not many critics were convinced of its major tenet that the production and enjoyment of works of art should serve to promote the civic awareness of the citizenry of the modern state. And while Sulzer's influence on the aesthetic theories of Kant and Schiller is generally recognized and he consequently has kept a relatively high profile in histories of aesthetics, his lexicon did not survive the century in which it was written.
  • Publisher: New York, USA: Cambridge University Press
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0008-9389
    EISSN: 1569-1616
    DOI: 10.1017/S000893890001164X
  • Source: © ProQuest LLC All rights reserved

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