More than philosophy of art. Simmel on Michelangelo
Georg Simmel’s interest in Michelangelo’s art is present in all stages of his academic carrier. He published only two works exclusively on this artist but his name frequently appears through Simmel’s lifework. In 1899 he published a short article on Buonarroti’s poetry and in 1910 a longer piece appeared where Simmel interpreted his artistic achievement as a philosopher of culture. A year later Simmel published The Concept and Tragedy of Culture where his earlier remarks on Michelangelo are included in the context of art’s autonomy and the relation between art, ethics and modernity. Max Weber and Ernst Cassirer argued against Simmel’s allegedly emphatic and aesthetic conception of culture.