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Les sources occultes de l'histoire de l'art : l'ésotérisme dans l'historiographie de l'architecture à l'époque romantique

Abstract : It was at the dawn of the 19th century that the first pre-scientific methods were developed, which were to serve as a basis for the disciplines of art history and archaeology. Since then, one word has not ceased to come back, a taboo word, the mere mention of which provokes very strong reactions : "esotericism". It disturbs as much as it attracts. For many, this word evokes a long chain of initiates, who would have transmitted a secret hidden in the forms of architecture to each other over time. These then become "symbols", "emblems": each element is likely to convey a discreet, even secret meaning. However, no one has taken the trouble to specify its meaning in the fields of art history and archaeology. A question then arises : when an art historian or an archaeologist uses this word today, what exactly is he talking about? The study of a vast corpus of documents published since the end of the 18th century (press, popular, religious and political literature, scholarly...) allows us to envisage two answers that blur the supposedly clear-cut boundaries between "science" and "esotericism". The revelation of the "occult sources" of art history opens up new perspectives on the intellectual "unconscious" of this discipline.
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Benjamin Griot. Les sources occultes de l'histoire de l'art : l'ésotérisme dans l'historiographie de l'architecture à l'époque romantique. Art et histoire de l'art. 2021. ⟨dumas-03553015⟩

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