ObeliskThemes in Art

The Sublime

‘Whatever is in any sort terrible or is conversant about terrible objects or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime’. This terror, as defined by Edmund Burke in his 1757 essay A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, is what humans feel when faced with greatness beyond measurement. The power of a thunderstorm, a mountain range of inexpressible size, and of course, the existential epiphany of our spiritual insignificance in the vast sweep of the universe.

Reed Enger, "The Sublime," in Obelisk Art History, Published August 14, 2018; last modified August 14, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/subjects/the-sublime/.

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