Larry Shiner’s The Invention of Art and how the 18th Century gave Birth to Modernism | The Cave of Apelles

How did the modern concept of Art come about and how did Enlightenment thinkers pave the way for modernism? The Cave of Apelles reviews Larry Shiner’s book “The Invention of Art” (2001).

You can also read Bork Nerdrum’s full review of the book in Sivilisasjonen:

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This conversation was hosted by Jan-Ove Tuv and Bork S. Nerdrum, and was produced by Bork S. Nerdrum, with assistance from Sebastian Salvo and Cassander Straumsgaard.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope. On the shelf were a Roman bust of a boy, a bust of Aristotle, and Pallas Athena.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"