Umberto Eco on Baroque - Dictionary of Arguments
Baroque/Eco: the art of Baroque is dynamic, striving for indeterminacy of the effect, never allowing a preferential, frontal, definitive point of view to be established. It is the best clear manifestation of modern cultural insensitivity: for the first time the human is deprived of the norm of the canonical (the guarantee of the cosmic order). In art and science, the human faces a world in motion that demands a creatively inventive attitude from him or her.
Baroque/Eco: what we are seeing here, is a replacement of the tactile by the visual. This means, there is a predominance of the subjective aspect, the shifting of attention from being to appearance._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Opera aperta, Milano 1962, 1967
Das offene Kunstwerk Frankfurt/M. 1977
La struttura assente, Milano 1968
Einführung in die Semiotik München 1972