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Beyond Vision is the first English-language collection of essays on art by Pavel Florensky (1882–1937), Russian philosopher, priest, linguist, scientist, mathematician – and art historian. In addition to seven essays by Florensky, the book includes a biographical introduction and an examination of Florensky’s contribution as an art historian by Nicoletta Misler. Beyond Vis Beyond Vision is the first English-language collection of essays on art by Pavel Florensky (1882–1937), Russian philosopher, priest, linguist, scientist, mathematician – and art historian. In addition to seven essays by Florensky, the book includes a biographical introduction and an examination of Florensky’s contribution as an art historian by Nicoletta Misler. Beyond Vision reveals Florensky’s fundamental attitudes to the vital questions of construction, composition, chronology, function and destination in the fields of painting, sculpture and design. His reputation as a theologian and philosopher is already established in the English-speaking world, but this first collection in English of his art essays (translated by Wendy Salmond) will be a revelation to those in the field. Pavel Florensky was a true polymath: trained in mathematics and philosophy at Moscow University, he rejected a scholarship in advanced mathematics in order to study theology at the Moscow Theological Academy. He was also an expert linguist, scientist and art historian. A victim of the Soviet government’s animosity towards religion, he was condemned to a Siberian labor camp in 1933 where he continued his work under increasingly difficult circumstances. He was executed in 1937.


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Beyond Vision is the first English-language collection of essays on art by Pavel Florensky (1882–1937), Russian philosopher, priest, linguist, scientist, mathematician – and art historian. In addition to seven essays by Florensky, the book includes a biographical introduction and an examination of Florensky’s contribution as an art historian by Nicoletta Misler. Beyond Vis Beyond Vision is the first English-language collection of essays on art by Pavel Florensky (1882–1937), Russian philosopher, priest, linguist, scientist, mathematician – and art historian. In addition to seven essays by Florensky, the book includes a biographical introduction and an examination of Florensky’s contribution as an art historian by Nicoletta Misler. Beyond Vision reveals Florensky’s fundamental attitudes to the vital questions of construction, composition, chronology, function and destination in the fields of painting, sculpture and design. His reputation as a theologian and philosopher is already established in the English-speaking world, but this first collection in English of his art essays (translated by Wendy Salmond) will be a revelation to those in the field. Pavel Florensky was a true polymath: trained in mathematics and philosophy at Moscow University, he rejected a scholarship in advanced mathematics in order to study theology at the Moscow Theological Academy. He was also an expert linguist, scientist and art historian. A victim of the Soviet government’s animosity towards religion, he was condemned to a Siberian labor camp in 1933 where he continued his work under increasingly difficult circumstances. He was executed in 1937.

41 review for Beyond Vision: Essays on the Perception of Art

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    "When the certainty of theocentrism becomes suspect...then begins the attempt to replace realities that are growing muddied and obscured with simulacra and phantoms, to replace theurgy with illusionistic art, to replace divine actions with theatre." "When the certainty of theocentrism becomes suspect...then begins the attempt to replace realities that are growing muddied and obscured with simulacra and phantoms, to replace theurgy with illusionistic art, to replace divine actions with theatre."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    So the greatest theologian of the twentieth century (by far) also happened to be an engineer, mathematician, botanist, linguist, philosopher, and art historian. Sadly most of Florensky's work has not yet been translated into English (though I've slogged through a fair amount in German, where he's been reasonably popular since the 1980s), but thankfully this collection manages to pull together his most well-known essays on art. Given that it's Florensky, these essays are almost comically dense an So the greatest theologian of the twentieth century (by far) also happened to be an engineer, mathematician, botanist, linguist, philosopher, and art historian. Sadly most of Florensky's work has not yet been translated into English (though I've slogged through a fair amount in German, where he's been reasonably popular since the 1980s), but thankfully this collection manages to pull together his most well-known essays on art. Given that it's Florensky, these essays are almost comically dense and digressive, but every single one of them is very impressive. (Incidentally, I have a PDF version of the book -- it's out of print and quite expensive -- feel free to message me if interested.)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim Marie

    A very interesting series of essays related to how we view the role of museums, the theory of perspective and its shortcomings when it comes to portraying "realism" as well as many other art related themes. Despite the fact it was written int eh early 20th century, his words are as thought provoking and relevant today as they were then. Many very involved concepts related to the art world are nonetheless presented in a way that is engaging and understandable by both art experts and novices alike A very interesting series of essays related to how we view the role of museums, the theory of perspective and its shortcomings when it comes to portraying "realism" as well as many other art related themes. Despite the fact it was written int eh early 20th century, his words are as thought provoking and relevant today as they were then. Many very involved concepts related to the art world are nonetheless presented in a way that is engaging and understandable by both art experts and novices alike.

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