ART moves MIND moves ART The Moses of Michelangelo and the ‘Gestaltkreis’ of Art Reception

Herbert Fitzek 1
  • 1 BSP Business School Berlin - Hochschule für Management, , Siemens Villa, Calandrellistraße 1-9, 12247, Berlin, Germany


According to Gestalt theory the impact of arts is not adequately described as a transfer of an artist’s message into a recipient’s state of mind. As a matter of fact (and effect) art represents complex fields of meaning (figurations) rooting in the specific conditions of art creation and proceeding to the concrete effects of art reception. From a psychological point of view artefacts cannot be reduced to static objects, nor are the recipients to be seen as passive spectators of the scenery. Aesthetical experience is an action field from which the material of art and its reception emerge. In my contribution the relationship of subject and object in art is modelled in terms of Victor von Weizsäcker’s Gestaltkreis of perception and action. For this purpose, I will refer to the favourite subject of art coaching: the Moses of Michelangelo in Rome.

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