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feb. 1, 2011, 7:09pm

Ahh, the sublime....anyone else thinking of it?

I've got a small presentation on Burke's Philosophical Enquiry... coming up, and while I'm *not* trying to make anyone else research, I'm genuinely interested to hear what others have to say on the subject! Anyone have favorite works/artists that invoke the sublime, or have made interesting meditations on it?

This keeps me entertained as I work :)

feb. 2, 2011, 5:54am

You might also want to check out the much earlier On the sublime by Longinus (, in case the touchstone doesn't work). And I found The sublime: A study of critical theories in XVIII-century England by Samuel Monk ( very interesting.

For modern artists heavily involved in the sublime there's Barnett Newman - check out Barnett Newman : Selected writings and interviews (

feb. 2, 2011, 10:10pm


Lessons on the Analytic of the Sublime by Jean-François Lyotard
Turner and the Sublime by Andrew Wilton
On Poetry and Style by Aristotle
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke
Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime by Immanuel Kant
The Kantian Sublime: From Morality to Art by Paul Crowther


Modern Painting and the Northern Romantic Tradition: Friedrich to Rothko by Robert Rosenblum
Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church: Vision of an American Era by David C. Huntington
The Empire of the Eye: Landscape Representation and American Cultural Politics, 1825-1875 by Angela Miller
Nature and Culture: American Landscape and Painting, 1825-1875 by Barbara Novak

feb. 9, 2011, 10:44am

Pardon the delay - time tends to get away from me. Thank you both for passing some titles along!