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Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages by Umberto Eco
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Lots of minute details about medieval theories and the theorists behind them which basically boils down to an aesthetic heavily influenced by Christianity where mathematical harmony was key, and the aesthetic and the moral were essentially merged. The stuff about "light" and holiness was interesting, and made me wonder more about where that notion came from. All the best parts were when Eco took the time to distinguish between their aesthetics and the humanist aesthetics that came afterwards. One note:
-they didn’t think poetry had the kind of intuitive wisdom contra philosophy the way we see it now, just thought it was a technical craft, and that beauty came from moral & formal harmony - similar with churches, architecture, visual arts, etc
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