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Single Idea 7270

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 1. Artistic Intentions]

Full Idea

Historical interpretation enables us to see a work of art as its author saw it in the moment of production.

Gist of Idea

Historical interpretation aims to recapture the author's view of the work


Benedetto Croce (Aesthetic as Science of Expression [1902], žII), quoted by W Wimsatt/W Beardsley - The Intentional Fallacy žII

Book Reference

'Philosophy Looks at the Arts', ed/tr. Margolis,Joseph [Charles Scribner 1962], p.94

A Reaction

Wimsatt and Beardsley quote this as the romantic antithesis of their own view, but there is a blurring between understanding a work and judging. Personally I consider intentions essential for understanding, and valuable for judgement.