16. The Aesthetic Appeal of Visual Qualities

  1. Liliana Albertazzi
  1. Gert van Tonder1 and
  2. Branka Spehar2

Published Online: 31 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118329016.ch16

Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance

Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance

How to Cite

Tonder, G. v. and Spehar, B. (2013) The Aesthetic Appeal of Visual Qualities, in Handbook of Experimental Phenomenology: Visual Perception of Shape, Space and Appearance (ed L. Albertazzi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118329016.ch16

Editor Information

  1. University of Trento Center for the Mind and Brain (CIMeC), Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan

  2. 2

    The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 30 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119954682

Online ISBN: 9781118329016

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Keywords:

  • aesthetic appeal;
  • ego-object relationship;
  • perception;
  • physiognomic qualities;
  • visual qualities

Summary

Aesthetic experience is one of the most defining and deeply valued aspects of human culture, enduring as an intriguing challenge for philosophers, artists, art historians, and scientists alike. This chapter first surveys some of the major historical and contemporary advances in the study of aesthetics and perception. It includes discourses from philosophy, art theory, art history, and science, and discusses their insights and shortcomings. It then revisits an older theory of aesthetics that is of great relevance for the future direction of the scientific discourse on the aesthetic appeal of qualities. Koffka uses the concepts of physiognomic qualities and ego-object relationship because emotions in relation to the work of art are very different to the emotions in themselves; the ego-object relation depends heavily on an individual context—be it a preexisting interest, wish, desire, or expectation.