Vol. 11 No. 1 (2018): Mind, Nature and Beauty in the Medieval Philosophy

E luce fu… L’evidenza senza ombre della bellezza

Roberta Guccinelli
Comitato Scientifico Nazionale SIPS
Published May 25, 2018
  • light,
  • life,
  • living body,
  • beauty
How to Cite
Guccinelli, R. (2018). E luce fu… L’evidenza senza ombre della bellezza. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 11(1), 145-158. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-23279


In this paper I provide an ecological, Schelerian-based description of the aesthetic experience that, without being exhaustive, may account for its complexity, perspective character and stratifications. Aesthetic enjoyment, aesthetic object and the creative process of the artistic type are all specific and necessary moments of an experience – an aesthetic experience – shared by different experiential “individuals”, who also contribute to its formation process. The content of this experience grows and develops in conformity with its own laws, like a living being so to speak, able, as such, to turn its own gaze to the others’ gaze at the same time as they turn to it. In other words, I will deal with the dynamics of the artist’s interactions with the spectator, of those of the spectator with the artist and of those of both with the work of art, which, created by the artist, or rather, “brought to light” by the artist, becomes an object– a quasi-sujet in Dufrennian terms – unique to the spectator. In this context, I will try to rehabilitate the axiological virtues of beauty, not in the sense of a metaphysics of beauty, but in a sense nearer to our experiences of “seeing something in a new light”.


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