Lucio Pozzi: From the Particular to the General

In all these respects art is, and remains for us, on the side of its highest destiny a thing of the past. Herein it has further lost for us its genuine truth and life, and is transferred into our ideas more than it asserts its former necessity, or assumes its former place, in reality. What is now aroused in us by works of art is our immediate enjoyment, and together with it, our judgment; in that we subject the content and the means of representation of the work of art and the suitability or unsuitability of the two to our intellectual consideration. Therefore, the science of art is a much more pressing need in our day than it was in times in which art, simply as art, was enough to furnish a full satisfaction. Art invites us to consideration of it by means of thought, not to the end of stimulating art production, but in order to ascertain scientifically what art is.


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