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By Benedetto Croce

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And unifying, because obstacles. this time What : j The Essence 42 of Esthetic a colour express an image without sound and without colour ? How can the bodiless express a body? How can the spontaneity of imagination and of and even of technical action coincide in When the intuition has been distinguished from the expression, and the one has been made different from the other, no ingenuity of middle terms can reunite them all the processes of reflection the , I same act ? ; association, of habit, of mechanicising, of forgetting, of instinctification, proposed by the psychologists and laboriously developed by them, finally allow the the rift to reappear on this side the expression, on that the image.

More The intuition is certainly the production of an image, but not of an incoherent mass of images obtained by recalling former images and allowing them to succeed one another capriciously, b}^ combining one image with another in a like capricious manner, joining a horse's neck to a human head, and thus playing a childish game. " 25 peculiar artistic faculty) and fancy (the extra-artistic To amass, select, cut up, combine images, presupposes the possession of particular images irr the spirit and imagination produces, whereas fancy is sterile, adapted to external combinations and not faculty).

But the distinction of art from philosophy (taken widej^^san^chadi^^ brings with it other distinctions, among which that of art from myth occupies the foremost place. For myth, to him who believes in it, presents itself as the revelation and unreality, knowledge of — a reality that as illusory or false. It reality as opposed to away other beliefs can become art only for him drives who no ^% ^ ^ longer believes in it and avails himself of mythology as a metaphor, of the austere world of the gods as of a beautiful world, of God as of an image of sublimity.

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