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can man master the eonic effect? as yet it remains invisible to general culture…//For the juiciest gossip on Renaissance artists, listen to Giorgio Vasari – The Washington Post

October 14th, 2017 · No Comments

One of the confusions of the eonic effect is that between the ‘modern transition’ and the so-called ‘renaissance’. Many have become impatient with the term and denied there really was a renaissance. It is not really until the sixteenth century that we see a real take off, something more than fine arts…

The two are not the same. The Italian legacy of the fine arts is magnificent but it was not really a part of the modern transition. Why is this? It is good that it was that way: the eonic effect shows many interactions at the level of art, but as soon as man masters a particular strain the macro process leaves it alone, as human free action. So much of the eonic effect’s ‘effects’ are induced that one might despair of human creativity. Not the case in fact: the fine arts in the wake of the Axial Age became in the occident a self-sustaining human ‘techne’ (along with much technological innovation). We can thus stand amazed at the medieval and late medieval fine arts as they became a self-sustaining human endeavor.
To see the point consider the possible real effect of the macro process in the sudden emergence of ‘modern’ art with its unexpected breaking of all old habits of the classic tradition that had flowered and become almost a mechanical substitute for photography (which also induced a radical break in the fine arts released to a different mode). PIcasso etc is a truly radical break where much of the fine art of the modern transition is simply let to itself (and becomes somewhat mechanical, almost a technology). The eonic effect is tricky thus but we must expect eventually that man will come to understand and master the ‘eonic effect’ as such, this requiring operations of the most complex subtlety over tens of thousands of years…

Source: For the juiciest gossip on Renaissance artists, listen to Giorgio Vasari – The Washington Post

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