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The Sublime Real: painful excitements in eighteenth-century art and critici...
Thu 18 May 2017, 19:40 – 21:00 BST
This talk on the slippery relations between art and reality starts from a much misunderstood paragraph on ‘real sympathy’ in Edmund Burke. Speaker Aris Sarafianos (University of Ioannina, and visiting research fellow at Birkbeck) investigates the many interpretations and transformations of real sympathy in cases as diverse as George Stubbs’s paintings, William Hunter’s anatomical lectures at the Royal Academy, Diderot’s writings, De Loutherbourg’s theatrical machines and Charles Bell’s surgical drawings. What can these tell us about the powerful, treacherous and mixed sensations associated with the ‘real’ in art?
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