Vaneian Stepan, archpriest

Josef Gantner and the prefiguration of scientific creative work

Vaneian Stepan (2014) "Josef Gantner and the prefiguration of scientific creative work ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia V : Voprosi istorii i teorii hristianskogo iskusstva, 2014, vol. 14, pp. 139-170 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturV201414.139-170


Pre-gestalt forms of phantasy and their manifestation in art’s not only unpresents Gantner’s life or introduces his teacher’s names (including Heinrich Wellfl in and Adolfo Venturi), but it also briefly outlines his essential concepts, such as ‘prefi guration’ and ‘non finito’. They were coined by Gantner so as to communicate the shift of the researcher’s interest from a completed work of art to process of it generation. Prefi gurative incompleteness is a characteristic feature of any creation process, scientific as well as artistic. In each of these discourses one can find a way to the very origins of human existence, not to mention artistic quality, - a way to the core of soul (see the name of Gantner’s essay ascending to Michelangelo) where there is a possibility of meeting God as the Master of time and the Lord of eternity. Rev. Stefan Vaneyan


study of art; Gantner; Gantner’s Theory of Prefi gation; pre-fi guration; de-fi guration; pre-gestalt; incompleteness (non fi nito)

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Vaneian Stepan, archpriest