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Between Adornment and order: nature, landscape and garden at Goethe´s epoch

Grant number: 18/19708-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2019
Effective date (End): May 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Marco Aurélio Werle
Grantee:Damião Esdras Araújo Arraes
Supervisor abroad: Michael Gamper
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  
Associated to the scholarship:17/12296-2 - Aesthetic apprehension of landscape from Goethe to the foreign naturalists, BP.PD


This postdoctoral project addresses the idea of nature, landscape and garden which circulated in philosophical, literary and pictorial universe of German territories during Goethe´s epoch (1749-1832). With focus on works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Alexander von Humboldt, Carl Gustav Carus, Friedrich Schiller and August Schlegel, it is intended to study the articulation between adornment and order of nature and its effects over landscape painting and gardening. In fact, Goethe´s and Humboldt´s writings are prodigals in approach those three categories according to sensibility and empiria. Both express landscape and garden as "picture of nature", that is, an alive form that communicates, by means of its composition, the harmonious dialogue between man´s subjectivity and objectivity. In turn, Schiller and Carus have realized the idea domain over visual experiences. Already Schlegel have related gardening to vision, to aesthetic domain of gaze and embellishment of nature which surrounds us. As methodology, the research seeks to develop a philosophical-literary discourse of landscape and garden circumscribed in the conjugation of art with science.