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Victorian culture and the idea of the grotesque; Aldershot; Brookfield; Ashgate

'Griffinism, grace and all' : the riddle of the grotesque in John Ruskin's Modern painters

Author :
HARTLEY, Lucy ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines the way in which the grotesque constitutes a test of judgment that functions without determined rules but involves a value-laden choice between good and evil. The grotesque is fine, noble, true when applied to Gothic art and architecture and yet terrible, ignoble, false when applied to Renaissance art and architecture. To Ruskin, an understanding of the grotesque equals an understanding of the connection between art, ethics and the nation in 19th c. culture, for what the grotesque constitutes is a test of judgment whereby the choice is good or evil, truth or lie, and the reward is moral or sensual. The fine grotesque requires an 'effort of the mind' to ensure that it is distinguished from the terrible grotesque, but the reward is the closing of the gaps in observation and the convergence of form, symbol and concept in an emblem of Life. ;
Pagination/Size :
3 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Esthétique ; Gothique (art) ; Grande-Bretagne ; Grotesque ; Modern Painters ; Morale ; Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 ; Théorie de l'art ; Valeur esthétique ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Aesthetics ; Art theory ; Gothic ; Great Britain ; Grotesque ; Modern Painters ; Morality ; Ruskin, John, 1819-1900 ; Value (aesthetics) ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
24970725 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 1859283802 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ; UNITED STATES ;