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Published on March 5, 2014

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Philosophy, philosophy of art, aesthetics, splendor, Plotinus, purity, unity, mystical

SPLENDOR AND MYSTERY Plotinus on Splendor and Unity

Sainte Chapelle

Abbot Suger Chalice El Greco, Toledo Cimabue, Madonna Enthroned

SPLENDOR What then is our course, what the manner of our flight? This is not a journey for the feet; the feet bring us only from land to land; nor need you think of coach or ship to carry you away; all this order of things you must set aside and refuse to see: you must close the eyes and call instead upon another vision which is to be waked within you, a vision, the birth-right of all, which few turn to use. And this inner vision, what is its operation? Newly awakened it is all too feeble to bear the ultimate splendour. Therefore the Soul must be trained- to the habit of remarking, first, all noble pursuits, then the works of beauty produced not by the labour of the arts but by the virtue of men known for their goodness: lastly, you must search the souls of those that have shaped these beautiful forms. —Plotinus, Enneads

Mimesis is, according to Plato, a copy of a copy of an ideal, thrice removed from the truth. Many to One One Form: Good Ideals instantiation many good forms many more instances indefinitely many appearances ideals things mimesis art

THE GOOD Reason LOVE Appetites Reason Reason LOVE LOVE Appetites LOVE: DIRECTING REASON TOWARD Appetites Reason LOVE Appetites

POIESIS Material Formal artist The Greater causes the lesser Art

POIESIS Vices Exemplars, Virtues Vices

SPLENDOR But how are you to see into a virtuous soul and know its loveliness? Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labour to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiseling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendor of virtue, until you shall see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine. —Plotinus, Enneads

SPLENDOR When you know that you have become this perfect work, when you are selfgathered in the purity of your being, nothing now remaining that can shatter that inner unity, nothing from without clinging to the authentic man, when you find yourself wholly true to your essential nature, wholly that only veritable Light which is not measured by space, not narrowed to any circumscribed form nor again diffused as a thing void of term, but ever unmeasurable as something greater than all measure and more than all quantity- when you perceive that you have grown to this, you are now become very vision: now call up all your confidence, strike forward yet a step- you need a guide no longer- strain, and see. This is the only eye that sees the mighty Beauty. If the eye that adventures the vision be dimmed by vice, impure, or weak, and unable in its cowardly blenching to see the uttermost brightness, then it sees nothing even though another point to what lies plain to sight before it. —Plotinus, Enneads



The Good Cause Chaotic Matter SYNCRETISM: A FUSION

The Good Cause Chaotic Matter SYNCRETISM: A FUSION Living Matter

The Good Chaotic Matter SYNCRETISM: A FUSION Cause Spirited Matter Living Matter

The Good Reason Chaotic Matter SYNCRETISM: A FUSION Cause Spirited Matter Living Matter

The Good Reason Chaotic Matter SYNCRETISM: A FUSION Cause Spirited Matter Living Matter

The Good Reason Chaotic Matter SYNCRETISM: A FUSION Emanation Spirited Matter Living Matter

Unity/Oneness Purity/Simplicity Intellectual Principle Souls/Motion Nature Chaotic Matter SYNCRETISM: A FUSION

SPLENDOR    Fire itself is splendid beyond all other materials, an ideal for the other elements, striving ever upwards, the subtlest and sprightliest of all materials, as very near to the spiritual; itself alone admitting no other, all the others penetrated by it: For they take warmth but this is never cold; it is primal color; they receive the form of color from it: Hence the splendor of its light, the splendor that belongs to the Idea. And all that has resisted and is but uncertainly held by its light remains outside of beauty, as not having absorbed the plenitude of the form of color. —Plotinus, Enneads

St Vitus Stained Glass

Carmelite Mary Panels Virgin of the Apocalypse

Chartres Rose Window



Madonna Enthroned CIMABUE

Madonna GIOTTO

Trinity EL GRECO

El Greco Shepherds

El Greco Toledo

Cezanne, Bathers

Manet, Bar

Manet, Balcony

Monet, Rouen Cathedral

Monet, Water Lillies

Monet Impression Sunrise

Seurat Eiffel Tower

Seurat Evening

Seurat Bathers

Van Gogh Starry Night

Turner Slave

Whistler Falling Rocket

Mondrian Ocean

Klimt Hope

Klimt Kiss

Yves Klein,

RUNNING FENCE Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Christo & Jeanne-Claude Running Fence

Michael Jackson & Bubbles, Jeff Koons

SPLENDOR Splendor, the view that beauty is Divine: Simple and Mystical, but in the material world is found in light. for Plotinus fire was splendid, for Abbot Suger light reactive materials such as stained glass, gold, and jewels were splendid. Plotinus held that fire was the material closest to Unity, while Suger held that splendor helped the “dull mind rises to truth through that which is material” and, “in seeing this light, is resurrected from its former submersion”. Plotinus remarked how gold became more beautiful as it was purified from other materials, and Suger spoke of how jewels called one’s attention away from earthly cares to contemplate the divine. When commingled with Mystical Beauty, the Platonic Simile of the Light and Reason gets inverted into concepts like The Cloud of Unknowing or The Dark Night of the Soul.

RUNNING FENCE Christo & Jeanne-Claude

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