In addition to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
's well-known play Nathan der Weise (1779), Helfer examines his treatise Die Erziehung des Menschengeschlechts [The Education of the Human Race] (Berlin: C.
(6/) See Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
, Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of
Thanks to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
and Clement Greenberg, the Greek statue of Laocoon is indelibly associated with modernism's strict separation of narrative and plastic arts.
And when Werther commits suicide, he leaves behind an open book (Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
's Emilia Galotti) which also ends in suicide.
To address these issues, I turn to Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
's book Laocoon: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry, published in 1766.
She makes a strong case that Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
's Nathan the Wise, George Eliot's Daniel Deronda and the children's books of Marguerite de Angeli should be on any ethically minded high school or college instructor's reading list.
Part II of the collection, titled "Translations," includes excerpts of Lope de Vega's The Holy League (1603), Gonzalo de Illescas's The Second Part of the Pontifical and Catholic History (1606), Jean Desmares's Roxelana (1643), Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
's Giangir; or the Rejected Throne (1748), and Denys Sichynsky's Roksoliana; Historical Opera in Three Acts with a Prologue (1911).
Writing of the moral and aesthetic problems art runs into when it attempts to represent pain and suffering, the 18th-century German philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
theorized that visual artists follow a two-step process when creating their work: First they choose one moment out of an endless sequence of possible moments for visual representation, and then they submit that moment to the strictures of the artistic process.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
(1729-81) is an eighteenth-century playwright, poet, and Enlightenment critic whose approach to the presentation of the visual has become path-breaking for theater, film production, and theories of timing images until today.