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Fine arts
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1. Conceptual framework

The expression fine art (French beaux-arts, German schöne Künste) refers collectively to the various arts that “aim at the representation of beauty” and are thereby oriented toward the intellect or the sense of beauty. These traditionally included the plastic arts (French arts plastiques, German bildenden Künste) - painting, sculpture (Sculpture [subtractiv…

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Golab, Jakob, “Fine arts”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022879>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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