The Challenge of the Sublime : From Burke's <i>Philosophical Enquiry</i> to British Romantic Art Hardback
by Helene Ibata
Part of the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies series
This book examines the links between the unprecedented visual inventiveness of the Romantic period in Britain and eighteenth-century theories of the sublime.
Edmund Burke's Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757), in particular, is shown to have directly or indirectly challenged visual artists to explore not just new themes, but also new compositional strategies and visual media such as panoramas and book illustrations, by arguing that the sublime was beyond the reach of painting.
More significantly, it began to call into question mimetic representational models, causing artists to reflect about the presentation of the unpresentable and drawing attention to the process of artistic production itself, rather than the finished artwork. -- .
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages, 33 black & white illustrations5 colour images
- Publisher: Manchester University Press
- Publication Date: 05/02/2018
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9781526117397