Painting, aesthetics of

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-M048-1
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References and further reading

All the readings below are written in an approachable style.

  • Baxandall, M. (1985) Patterns of Intention, London: Yale University Press.

    (Chapter 3 contains a useful discussion of painting’s ability to explore the nature of visual experience.)

  • Greenberg, Clement (1961) Art and Culture: Critical Essays, Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

    (‘Towards a Newer Laocoon’ and ‘Modernist Painting’ provide particularly clear and vivid statements of Greenberg’s fundamental views.)

  • Hopkins, R.D. (1997) ‘Pictures and Beauty’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society XCVII (2): 177–94.

    (Shows how to preserve what is right in Lessing’s idea that painting inherits the beauty of its objects; addresses some of the issues sketched out in §6.)

  • Langer, Susanne K. (1953) Feeling and Form, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

    (Offers distinct aesthetics for painting, sculpture and architecture, integrated into a general theory of art.)

  • Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim (1766) Laocoon, trans. E.A. McCormick, Indianopolis, IN: Bobbs Merrill.

    (A seminal piece, from the errors of which much can be learned.)

  • Ruskin, John (1843–60) Modern Painters, five vols, London: Smith, Elder & Co; repr. London: J.M. Dent & Co, 1906.

    (A magisterial, insightful and idiosyncratic exploration, both critical and theoretical, of painting, with special reference to the work of Turner.)

  • Wollheim, Richard (1987) Painting As An Art, London, Thames & Hudson.

    (As well as providing the archetype for all accounts of pictorial experience which acknowledge both aspects of pictures, this is the most extensive, sophisticated and accomplished attempt to answer our question.)

Citing this article:
Hopkins, Robert. Bibliography. Painting, aesthetics of, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-M048-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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