Tutor: to be confirmed
This course explores the ways in which philosophical ideas have been reflected in the visual arts, and how, in turn, art has assisted in shaping thought. We will look at the influence of the visual arts on a wide range of writings in art theory, aesthetics and philosophy, and analyze the direct impact of art works on thinkers, or of certain ideas on artists. In addition, we will study a series of art works that have triggered ongoing theoretical debates about issues essential to art history (such as Velázquez’s Las Meninas). Topics range from early modern to contemporary art and include: Neo-Platonic painting, Medieval images of memory, Baroque allegory, the shadow and Enlightenment, the Romantic landscape and German aesthetics, conceptual art, affect as ‘thinking through the body’, and contemporary aesthetics and photography. Key thinkers such as Plato, Kant, Herder, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Panofsky, Deleuze, and Ranciere will provide the theoretical foundation of the discussion.