Painting and Art Philosophy

Zoltan Somhegyi (Szent István University, Hungry) will give two talks
at Bogazici University next week:

(1)  Thursday March 8th, 5-7pm, in M1170 (Engineering Building)

“The relationship of painting and art philosophy in the landscape
painting of Romanticism.”

Abstract: The lecture is a study of the landscape painting of the turn
of the 18th and 19th centuries. It is specifically concerned with the
question of how, in Romanticism, the landscape became a locus and an
instrument of self-knowledge. The examination of the changes in
landscape painting can be summarized thus: the landscape painting was
no longer a picture of the landscape, the emphasis shifted from the
landscape to the image. Particularly in some landscape paintings of
German Romanticism the relationship between world and man, the human
predicament is not only examined, but, in addition, that very
examination itself is thematised and represented.

(2) Friday March 9th, 3-5pm, in M1170 (Engineering Building)

“The Cultural Landscape and the Shifting Art Centers from the Baroque
till Contemporary Arts.”

Abstract: Analyzing the role of the art centers helps us to understand
their function and their relationship with the artists. Through the
examination of the question which were and are the significant art
centers from the 17 century till today we can also understand how and
why they are so attractive, that often lead to a real and constant
migration of artists. A special attention will be paid also on the
question of how migration and the new context influences the topic and
creation of the artwork itself. By analyzing this phenomenon a strong
accent will be on the Eastern art scene where, of course, Istanbul too
has a particular importance.

Details can be found here:

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Philosophy Department
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