Samstag, April 30, 2005


Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717 - 1768 ) was a German art historian and archeologist, who in initiating the "Greek revival" deeply influenced the rise of the neoclassical movement during the late 18th century. Winckelmann was the founder of modern scientific archaeology and first applied the categories of style systematically to the history of art. Winckelmann crystallized his famous concept of the essence of Greek art - "Noble simplicity and quiet grandeur" (edle Einfalt und stille Grösse) - in Thoughts on the Imitation of Greek Works in Painting and Sculpture (1755).

"Beauty is one of the greatest mysteries of nature."
(Winckelmann in The History of Ancient Art, 1764)