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Unformatted text preview: The Psychology of Art: Past, Present, Future NEWER TRENDS Modern interest in the child's aesthetic experience and expression goes back at least to Rousseau and Froebel. Spencer and others wrote of the value of art activities in the child's mental development. One of the earliest discussions from a psychological standpoint of children's drawing and modeling was Corrado Ricci's (LArte dei Bambini, 1887). He described in some detail the forms characteristic of successive age-levels. Similarly, the notion of empathy (Einfuhlung) as a universal tendency or process in aesthetic experience can be traced back to Aristotle; but it was brought to the fore and developed along psychological lines in the late 18005 by such German writers as Vischer, Volkelt, and Lipps. Vernon Lee and Langfeld further developed it as an aesthetic principle in the early twentieth century. Briefly, the theory of empathy seeks to explain aesthetic responses to art and other objects by showing how the observer tends to project his imagination or "feel himself into" the outside object.how the observer tends to project his imagination or "feel himself into" the outside object....
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- Fall '07