Laocoon: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: Rising reputation as dramatist and critic.: One is the great treatise Laokoon: oder über die Grenzen der Malerei und Poesie . With remarks illustrative of various points in the history of ancient art. by Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, ; Frothingham, Ellen, Laocoon: An Essay Upon the Limits of Painting and Poetry. by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Ellen Frothingham. Publication date Publisher.
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e;hraim To ask other readers questions about Laocoonplease sign up. Lists with This Book. As an artist, I learned lots of things from this book. It’s great for people who’re interested in philosophy and aesthetic theories. Aug 18, Samuel rated it it was amazing. This treatise is a raw undertaking- it comprises a struggle much like that depicted in the cover: Doomed to failure, I read as if it were me wrestling against the monster snakes with my family. Sep 12, Samson Blackwell rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is incredibly incisive.
Sep 21, Pavel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Essential, perhaps the most important book for anyone who’s going to direct either on-stage or in cinema or to become professional artist. May 14, Valorie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Though this book is very much gottuold product of the eighteenth century, Lessing’s thoughts and musings on the differences between painting and poetry are still relevant today.
Because Though this book is very much a product of the eighteenth century, Lessing’s thoughts and musings on the differences between painting and poetry are still relevant today.
Because it is written in a more meandering way than paocoon nonfiction book with the same idea would be written today I suspect the same prompt would be answered in an essay no longer than something that would end up on Longreads it’s hard to figure out which exactly Lessing decides is the “better” art form. His long digressions and considerations of other thinkers mean that each possible side is considered however. It should be noted that Lessing mostly defines ‘beauty’ in a way that we might describe as emotionally moving, and ‘ugly’ as art that makes us uncomfortable.
However, he ephrxim uses those terms to rate and describe physical beauty. There are three big problems with Lessing’s essay, however: He conflates sculpture and painting into the same thing: So he uses both to contrast with poetry, ignoring that sculpture and painting are totally different art forms and as such have different strengths and weaknesses.
A comparison of the strengths of all three separately, that is painting v. Similarly, Lessing conflates poetry and prose into the same thing. Ironically, he is generally disparaging of prose. Again, this totally ignores the differences between poetry and pehraim. He is a white guy from the 18th century in northern Europe, and so his definition of physical beauty is narrow and While people within the body positivity movement might find his acceptance of different body types okay, he largely only supports fat up to a certain point.
White is the only skin color that’s laoocoon. Perfectly symmetrical faces, long hair, voluptuous breasts, simple metal adornments, and luminous eyes are requirements for beauty in women. Men, too, have to fit certain criteria of fitness and attractiveness.
Art that does not depict subjects this way are lesser in Lessing’s writing. On a related note, he does argue that an early version of photoshopping might have been happening in statuary, however: He believes that early statues made their subjects more beautiful in order to accentuate their importance.
Unfortunately, Lessing never finished this project. He intended to write two or three more volumes, but died before he could. This copy laocoin the ideal one–it is a definitive translation of Lessing’s writing and contains a lovely biography of Lessing and his education.
It also includes biographical information for lessig mentioned, long chapter notes to illuminate the references Lessing makes which probably would have been easily understood by an eighteenth century audienceand translations of epjraim long sections of non-English and non-German writings that he quotes. May 04, Mike rated it it was amazing. I have recently taken a renewed gottohld in German literature, of which I was briefly obsessed in my ephraum, so I’m revisiting some texts from Lessing that I browsed years ago, now with a better understanding of both his place in late Enlightenment critical discourse and in German literary history.
I had read portions of Laocoon previously in my years doing media studies, but this is first time I’ve read the entire book. Lessing’s book-length essay, which he rather humbly describes as a laockon I have recently taken a renewed interest in German literature, of which I was briefly gofthold in my mid-twenties, so I’m revisiting some texts from Lessing that I browsed years ago, now with a better understanding of both his place in late Enlightenment critical discourse and in German literary history.
Lessing’s book-length essay, which gottho,d rather humbly describes as a collection of “notes,” is one of the first modern examinations of ekphrastic theory, setting in motion discussions of media specificity ledsing continue into lessinf 21st century, even as the lines between the verbal and the visual continue to blur in the digital age.
Lessing himself opens the door for his work to be read in these terms, as he claims that his ideas apply not only to words and images, but all things beautiful — that is to say, any artistic aesthetic. His ultimate goal is not to rob the verbal gptthold.
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In that sense, Lessing’s theory looks ahead to everything from Oulipo to New Criticism to digital art. It’s an essential text for understanding the written word in its relation to visual theory. This is far more interesting than I had expected.
Each art has its strengths and weaknesses. Then he compares the Iliad of Homer and Llessing of Sophocles with sculpture and painting to establish a foundation in criticism. The distinctions and advantages found in these arts are lessons for any lover of the This is far more interesting than I had expected.
The distinctions and advantages found in these arts are lessons for any lover of the humanities.
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Nov 24, Theelmo26 rated it it was amazing. Trotz eines Ratings von gerade mal zwei Sternen muss ich sagen ich fand Laokoon an sich nicht wirklich schlecht, ich hab ganz einfach nur ephrami alles so richtig verstanden.
Mein wirkliches Leseing liegt in der Thematik, die so gar nicht meinem Interesse entspricht. Es geht um ephgaim Vergleich zwischen Malerei und Poesie, angefangen in der Antike. Poesie ist in gewisser Weise ein Teil meines Studiums, wohl bemerkt ein sehr kleiner Teil, aber auch hier handelt es sich nicht gerade um eines meiner Spezialgebiete.
Nicht mein Thema, sorry. Klar, wenn man sich gerne mit dem Thema befasst ist es bestimmt interessant. Nov 02, Jessica rated it liked it Kessing Very clear, accessible presentation of a worthwhile argument. I will admit that Lessing straggles occasionally over the course of 29 chapters Very clear, accessible presentation of a worthwhile argument.
I will admit that Lessing straggles occasionally over the course of 29 chapters; Chapter 16 is really the pith of the text, and some passages read discursive, or at least arbitrarily long. Nov 23, Martin rated it it was amazing. Feb 26, Jen rated it it was ok. This isn’t a light read, babies. But I highly recommend this for those who study the Greek classics, poetry, gotthokd history or any happy combination of the few!
For people interested in aesthetic theory this is a must read. People who aren’t will still find this essay engaging and easy to read. I liked this one. But I suck at philosophy who knew it was possible.
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About Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist, and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His ephrajm and theoretical writings substantially influenced gotthold development of German literature.