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Aisthesis

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ROJAS, Sergio. About Gombrich and the Contemporary Art. Aisthesis [online]. 2009, n.46, pp.203-212. ISSN 0718-7181.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-71812009000200010.

The Art-Historian Ernst Gombrich has been a critic of the philosophical assumptions of the iconology of Erwin Panofsky because in this theory, both work of art and its creator scatter in the generality of «culture». Nevertheless, projected on contemporary art, both historiographic theories must reflect their limits. Basing on the philosophy of Karl Popper, Gombrich expresses distance in relation to the historicism of the Modern Art in general, indicating the dominant «hegelianism» in the production and aesthetical reflection of the XX Century. We maintain in this article that in this critic Gombrich elaborates a perceptive characterization of Contemporary Art.

Keywords : iconology; history; contemporary art; Gombrich; Panofsky; historicism.

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