Claudia Moscovici


Realism in Art (verisimilitude)

The aesthetic revolution that occurred during the twentieth-century is unprecedented in the history of Western art. Even the invention of one-point perspective and the soft shading that gives the [...]

Perpetuating Holocaust Memories: Bipartisan support for The Never Again Education Act

One of the many difficult lessons the Holocaust has taught us is that Jews need not be influential or numerous in a country to give rise to anti-Semitism. According to the United States Holocaust [...]

A Sketch of Postromanticism

The obvious question in calling anything post- or neo-something is: how exactly it is “post” or “neo”? How, in other words, is it new and original and not simply anachronistic and repetitive? [...]

The Legacy of Modernism

In most of his work the philosopher and art critic Arthur Danto explains the rise of conceptual art. His artistic heroes are Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, who arguably contributed most visibly [...]

The Innovations of Impressionism

If any art collection can be said to have a profound impact upon the history of art and aesthetics, the paintings exhibited at the Salon de Refusés in 1863 would certainly be on a top ten list. [...]

Aesthetics after Romanticism: Art for art’s sake

Before the nineteenth-century, originality and individuality were not the most highly prized qualities of art. As for autonomy, or regarding art as separate from social functions, this notion [...]

Romantic Aesthetics: Wordsworth and Baudelaire

Romanticism connected the sentiment of passionate love to artistic expression perhaps more closely than any other literary movement by describing both as the undistorted expression of intense and [...]

The love affair between Diderot and Sophie Volland

For almost thirty years, up to the very end of their lives, Diderot wrote beautiful, touching letters to his friend Louise-Henriette Volland. While these letters became more subdued in tone and [...]

Lucidity and Passion in Art

If Diderot’s Salons are such a pleasure to read hundreds of years later, it’s in part because of their conversational tone, inflections of humor and theatricality—all of the rhetorical and [...]

Diderot’s “Traité du beau”

Diderot first broached the question of what is beauty in an article of the Encyclopédie that was published on January 21, 1752 entitled, appropriately enough, “Beauty.” He then edited and [...]