Vol. 16 No. 2 (2023): Towards a new “aesthetics of war”? Is Polemos still father of all things?

War, image, art: From vision to judgement

Alessio Fransoni
Indipendent Scholar (PhD La Sapienza University Rome)

Published 2024-02-06


  • theory of images,
  • theory of art,
  • political theory of art,
  • difference,
  • judgement

How to Cite

Fransoni, A. (2024). War, image, art: From vision to judgement. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 16(2), 41–54. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-14461


There are excellent research papers in the field of visual studies that examine the relationship between war and images. This paper has other and additional aims. The first is to examine not so much how war is transferred from the ground to image production, but how war, as intrusion of the real, forces a general reflection on image techniques. The second is to examine whether there is an instance of art that is somehow different from the instance of the mere image, which is always related to something that manifests itself in war, and which, especially on the occasion of a war, invites a broader reflection on existence, judgement and the world. The paths taken for these investigations are rooted in the idea that a (political) theory of art cannot be reduced to an internal classification of image theory, since it investigates aspects that go beyond the definition of the image itself.


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