The sublime – the agreeable horror in visual arts

The sublime an old aesthetic concept that has survived

The sublime is a term used an aesthetic category with a long history since ancient Greek times.

The sublime is a term used in the theory of aesthetics. The concept of the sublime is strongly related to visual impressions and later to visual arts with a long history since ancient Greek times.

Many of us, if not everybody, has experiences with the sublime either by seeing real landscapes or viewing sublime vistas in the media especially in film.

The fantasy and science fiction film genre has created impressive examples in films like "The Lord of the Rings" or in "Space Odyssey 2001". Endless, infinite space or landscapes in these films intimidate the human, but at the same time evoke curiosity and fascination. These are the typical qualities of the sublime.

At the end of the 17th century when the Grand Tour became popular travelers experienced the sublime when crossing the mountains of the Alps on their Grand Tour to Italy. Ductless Air Conditioning . At that time crossing the Alps was an adventure. The raw powers of nature displayed by the steep rock landscape of the Alps left a deep impression on early travelers.
Among others it was Joseph Addison, who defined the impression the landscape of the alp evoked on him as a "kind of agreeable horror" to the mind. His ideas about greatness, uncommonness and beauty as the three major qualities in imagination were the starting point for later philosophical examinations of the sublime.

In the mid of the 18th century Edmund Burke published his famous essay on the subject, which became a central theoretic document on the sublime as aesthetic category. Burke’s merit was to separate the sublime from the beautiful with clear arguments.
"In short, the Beautiful, according to Burke, is what is well-formed and aesthetically pleasing, whereas the Sublime is what has the power to compel and destroy us. The preference for the Sublime over the Beautiful was to mark the transition from the Neoclassical to the Romantic era." (Quoted from WIKIPEDIA on the sublime.)

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A Philosophical inquiry into the origin of our ideas of the sublime… Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke`s essay first published in 1756 is the central text that has established the theory of the sublime as aesthetic category separated from the beautiful.
Longinus (literature) – On the sublime Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia article on an ancient Greek essay on the sublime in literature
Sublime (philosophy) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia article on the sublime

 

The sublime – books on amazon 

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of the Sublime and Beauitful: And Other Pre-Revolutionary Writings (Penguin Classics)

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The Sublime: A Reader in British Eighteenth-Century Aesthetic Theory

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Solitude and the Sublime: The Romantic Aesthetics of Individuation

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The Future of Art: An Aesthetic of the New and the Sublime (Suny Series in Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art)

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The Sublime, Terror and Human Difference (English, English and English Edition)

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The sublime in contemporary landscape photography 
The concept of the sublime is very strong represented in contemporary landscape photography. In a way there has not much happened other than an exaggeration since those early photographs by Edward Steichen or the unmatched works of Ansel Adams. Photographers like Andreas Gursky or Edward Burtynsky had to adopt to the spoiled mind of the post modern audience. It takes more than the snow covered top of El Capitan to put the modern viewer in awe.

Andreas Gursky – Wikipedia

Introduction to Andreas Gursky and his works
Turkey cinemascopeThe official website of Nuri Bilge Ceylan photography

The works of Nuri Bilge Ceylan show sublime vistas of Turkish cities and landscapes. Interesting to see how he connects humans with the sublime surrounding
Edward Burtynsky [ Photographic Works ]

Edward Burtynsky represents the modern sublime par excellence…his work is very thought provoking as it deals with environmental affairs and the consequences for mankind

Landscapes by Ed Burtynsky  The sublime in contemporary art

Todd Hido. Andreas Gursky. Rap Songs . Atlanta ice maker repair . Jeff Wall.