Arthur Danto, ‘The transfiguration of the commonplace. A Philosophy of Art’. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, London England, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace has ratings and 20 reviews. Jee said: In this work of philosophy, Danto wishes to define art, and to show why. Arthur C. Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make urgent.

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However, what I found most valuable were the examples Danto provides in his unique, creative yet extremely logical and well-founded manner. Criticism then, transfiguratino consists in interpreting metaphor in this extended sense, cannot be intended as a substitute for the work. Very roughly, if I understand him rightly, the difference between a representation and an object is that the former is intended.

Certainly, the two books share many basic premises, the autonomy of art from everyday discourse being the most basic. I picked it up again recently because I was teaching a small section to my class, but I couldn’t stop reading There are several such paintings, one of which is at the Hermitage from Nov 26, Jee Koh rated it really liked it.

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When he stands in front of an object, he is beginning to be able to choose which language to use; another way to say it, whether to use an aesthetic attitude or an everyday attitude. This is important, and we can’t lose sight of it. Ann Moss – dannto Clarendon Press. While this last looks exactly like the other three, it is not an art object, just a thing in the world.


These same works, however, could encourage sexist rigidity in any reader fixated on its content. Account Options Sign in.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art

In the course of constructing such a theory, he seeks to demonstrate the relationship tranfiguration philosophy and art, as well as the connections that hold between art and social institutions and art history. Sign in to use this feature. The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: Danto thinks it is closer to say it’s a mode of expression, in which transfiguuration is a joining between metaphor, rhetoric, and style.

The two classes of things, as he argues, belong to different ontological realms, hence, the title of his book.

He is talking about the differences between worlds rather than commonpace and might be summarized with a point made by Wittgenstein: Posted by Tom Leddy at 3: The question how he does conceive these concepts need not further concern us here. It must be that Danto thinks of commonplacf as having to be just whatever is literal, and that there is no such thing as metaphorical content.

In this case “the artwork becomes a metaphor for life and life is transformed.

The Transfiguration of the Commonplace

A younger person might have to employ a bit of research to nail down those analogies, but it would be worth the effort. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Sign in Create an account.

Gainsborough’s painting as time or again, time as Gainsborough’s painting Danto argues that recent developments in the art world, in particular the production of works of art that cannot be told from ordinary things, make vanto the need for a new theory of art and make plain the factors such a theory can and cannot involve. No keywords specified fix it. So, on Danto’s view, Lichtenstein’s painting takes or treats Cezanne’s datno Portrait of Madame Cezanne which is the subject of Lichtenstein’s painting, according to Danto as a diagram.


Anyway, whether you agree or disagree with Danto, his discussions of what makes art, art are smart and comprehensive.

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That’s really the best part, and Danto engages with a really wide and diverse range of thinkers on the subject. No wonder that Danto finds it “intoxicating” to “ponder the masterpieces” after discussing “squares of bare canvas” so much in this book, even though one risks the danger of sounding portentous.

Jun 23, Cmmonplace rated it really liked it. Consider a youngster from a rural background with a relative who wishes to introduce him to the city. Aesthetics and the Work of Art. My text ‘ Are Rubens and Beuys colleagues ‘, deals with this fallacy. However, we shall see that indirectly there is a transfiguration of Cezanne’s wife, and hence more indirectly yet, the way women or more generally humans are seen, in all of this too.

It is not clear which tue painting Danto was thinking of specifically. Feb 01, Andreas Antoniou rated it liked it. This relates to the larger issue of what is meant by “seeing” where Danto tends to see seeing as a matter that excludes whatever we “see as,” and I have trouble seeing it this way. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Published March 15th by Harvard University Press first published Return to Book Page.

Danto is asking an interesting question in Transfiguration of the Commonplace: