The Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset | 📕 Book review | The Cave of Apelles

Magnus Vanebo, Sebastian Salvo, and Jan-Ove Tuv sit down to discuss the Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset’s essay “The Dehumanization of Art”.

Topics covered in this conversation:

  • The problem of pathos in literature and paintings
  • Salvo: “This stinks of Kant and Hegel!”
  • An art for the select few (screw the proletariat!)
  • The window metaphor: seeing “beyond the illusion”
  • The modern imperative: Bow to your time
  • Purity conveyed in emotional language
  • Vanebo on modern art as a jest
  • How romanticism dulls the mind
  • The sentimentality of the idea of the select few
  • Gasset´s greatest compliment to modern art
  • The artist´s approach should not be serious
  • Was Gasset “Woke”?
  • “Girls, women, and old men should step aside”
  • Eradicating personal sentiments from music
  • Art is like chimney smoke
  • Mallarmé´s poetry
  • A cult of death
  • All great periods «dehumanized» what they made
  • A summary of what modern art is

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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"