Early Modern Aesthetics: Sources

One of my goals in Early Modern Aesthetics is to consider sources that are often overlooked in other histories of aesthetics and in general accounts of the philosophy of art during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Some of the texts I’ve been reading over the course of the last few months have been fascinating (Diderot, Lessing), while others have been very challenging (Mersenne, Rameau). Many of them are available online, so I’ve posted links to primary texts and English translations below. Enjoy!

Isaac Beeckman, Journal (1604-1634)
Daniel Heinsius, On Plot in Tragedy (1611)
René Descartes, Compendium of Music (1618/1650)
Henry Wotton, Elements of Architecture (1624)
Jacques Boyceau de la Baraudière, Treatise on Gardening According to the Rules of Nature and Art (1636)
Marin Mersenne, Harmonie Universelle (1636)
Franciscus Junius, The Painting of the Ancients (1637)
Peter Paul Rubens, On the Imitation of Statues (c. 1640)
Pierre Corneille, Three Discourses on Dramatic Poetry (1660)
Roland Fréart de Chambray, An Idea of the Perfection of Painting (1662)
Charles Perrault, On Painting (1668)
René Rapin, Reflections on Aristotle’s Poetics (1674)
Charles Perrault, Critique of the Opera (1674)
Charles Perrault, The Century of Louis the Great (1687)
Charles Perrault, Parallel of the Ancients and Moderns (1688-1697)
Bernarld Le Bovier de Fontenelle, Of Pastorals (1688)
William Temple, Essays on Ancient and Modern Learning (1690)
William Wotton, Reflections on Ancient and Modern Learning (1694)
Charles Alphonse du Fresnoy, De Arte Graphica (1695)
Charles Le Brun, Method to Learn to Design the Passions (1698)
Roger de Piles, The Art of Painting (1699)
John Dennis, The Advancement and Reformation of Modern Poetry (1701)
John Dennis, The Grounds of Criticism in Poetry (1704)
Anne Dacier, On the Causes of the Corruption of Taste (1714)
Jean-Philippe Rameau, Treatise on Harmony (1722)
Johann Christoph Gottsched, Critical Poetics (1730)
Alexander Baumgarten, Reflections on Poetry (1735)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Dissertation on Modern Music (1736)
Johann Jakob Bodmer, On the Miraculous in Poetry (1740)
William Gilpin, A Dialogue of the Right Honorable the Lord Viscount Cobham (1748)
Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Discourse on the Practice of Painting and its Main Processes (1752)
Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Elements of Music (1752)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Letter on French Music (1753)
Marc-Antoine Laugier, Essay on Architecture (1753)
Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Reflections on the Painting and Sculpture of the Greeks (1755/1756)
Julien-David LeRoy, The Ruins of the Most Beautiful Monuments of Ancient Greece (1758)
James Stuart and Nicholas Revett, The Antiquities of Athens (1762)
Winckelmann, Notes on the Architecture of the Ancients (1762)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Observations on the Letter of Monsieur Mariette (1765)
Johann Joachim Winckelmann, History of Ancient Art (1765)
Denis Diderot, Notes on Painting (1765)
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Hamburg Dramaturgy (1767-1769)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Dictionary of Music (1768)
Joshua Reynolds, Discourses on Art (1769-1790)
Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Fragments on Language and Poetics (1779)
Friedrich Schlegel, Dialogue on Poesy (1799)

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