Aesthetics and Painting introduces and opens up current debates and
ideas in the aesthetics of painting. At the book's centre is an
investigation of the complex relationship between what a painting
depicts and the means by which it is depicted. The book looks at:
classical theories of mimesis; the relationship between the painted
surface and the depicted subject; problems of reference and
denotation; the analysis of pictorial style; painting as an
historically reflexive and self-critical practice; the emergence of
fully abstract art; the most recent technological and aesthetic
developments and their implications; the contemporary challenges to
A sophisticated treatment of major ideas in art and philosophy,
Aesthetics and Painting remains highly readable throughout,
offering a clear and coherent account of the nature of painting as
an art form.
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