our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness Phaedr. 244a

2012/07/13

Edgar Wind: Trained as a philosopher before becoming an art historian, he waged a long battle in his work in aesthetics and intellectual history and in his historical studies of Renaissance art on behalf of the symbol and against formalism in both theoretical and pragmatic terms. Following Warburg and mindful of Plato’s “divine fear” of the power of art, he insisted on the complexity of symbols and a constant, vital, and sometimes risky tension between reason and ritual (with Warburg, he believed ritual and magic tapped into pow-erful, irrational forces within the human psyche).

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