It arose from a picture, from two pictures and also from a phrase pronounced by a man, who in the science of life and in the perception of aesthetic truth had no equal in the world of culture.
But down here he acts the little god with his gentility, and his patronage, and his sham aesthetics
, and every one--even your mother--is taken in.
Criticism may torment this sense or that sense out of it, but at the end of the ends the "Divine Comedy" will stand for the patriotism of medieval Italy, as far as its ethics is concerned, and for a profound and lofty ideal of beauty, as far as its aesthetics
A powerful, intellectual analysis of some well-marked subject, in such form as makes literature enduring, is indeed what the world might have looked for from him: those institutes of aesthetics
, for instance, which might exist, after Lessing and Hegel, but which certainly do not exist yet.
He glanced at the title and read, "The Science of AEsthetics