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By John Berger

In a unprecedented distillation of his presents as a novelist, poet, paintings critic, and social historian, John Berger finds the binds among love and shortage, the methods poetry endows language with the peace of mind of prayer, and the tensions among the ahead circulate of sexuality.

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Symonds, ed. The Sonnets of Michelangelo (London: Vision Press, 1950). The stanza reads: Add beauteous art, which, brought with us from heaven, will conquer nature: – so divine a power belongs to him who strives with every nerve. , 51. 19 From the sonnet beginning “The famous warriors of the anticke world”. Ernst Cassirer notes interestingly that “the new Platonism that had sprung up in Italy proved to be one of the strongest forces in the revival of poetry in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries”.

W. Lenz (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1965), 9. 23 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, “Laocoön: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry” in Classic and Romantic German Aesthetics, ed. J. Bernstein (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 25-129, 102. 24 Johann Winckelmann, Reflections on the Painting and Sculpture of the Greeks trans. Henry Fusseli (Menston, Yorkshire: Scolar Press, 1972), 1, 2. 25 Joshua Reynolds, Discourses on Art, ed. Robert R. Wark (London: Yale University Press, 1997), 41, 45.

Our focus for Walter Benjamin is his well-known essay The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility. The essay does not deal explicitly with the problem under discussion and one might perhaps be forgiven for wondering if, like many post-Marxist thinkers, Benjamin has overlooked the comments from the Grundrisse quoted above. The problem arises, nevertheless, by implication. In a key section of his essay, Benjamin postulates a narrative of art history in which art “originated in the service of rituals – first magic then religious”, and then entered a period of “secularized ritual” in the form of the “cult of beauty” which “developed during the Renaissance and prevailed for three centuries”.

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