Truth, Treachery & Triumph: Nietzsche on ‘The Beyond in Art’

“The Beyond in art. – It is not without profound sorrow that one admits to oneself that in their highest flights the artists of all ages have raised to heavenly transfiguration precisely those conceptions which we now recognise as false: they are the glorifiers of the religious and philosophical errors of mankind, and they could not have been so without believing in the absolute truth of these errors. If belief in such truth declines in general… that species of art can never flourish again which, like the Divina Commedia, the pictures of Raphael, the frescoes of Michelangelo, the gothic cathedrals, presupposes not only a cosmic but also a metaphysical significance in the objects of art. A moving tale will one day be told how there once existed such an art, such an artist’s faith”

– Friedrich Nietzsche, Human all too Human

nb: featured image is Laocoön and His Sons (27 AD) by Agesander of Rhodes, Polydorus of Rhodes, Athenodoros of Rhodes.

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