The Notion of Pre-image for the Form of a Piece of Art in the Twentieth-century Greek Orthodox Philosophy and the Specificity of the Art of Music


The article presents philosophical and aesthetical theories by Father Pavel Floren­sky (1882-1937), Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov (1866-1949) and Brother Andronicus, whose secular name was Alexey Fyodorovich Losev (1893-1988). These the­ories explain the notion of pre-image for the form of a piece of art in a new way, i. e. in its correspondence with the image embodied. Special attention is drawn to the ideas of Losev, who synthesized the ideas of Plato and Henri Bergson (1859­1941) about the pre-image being in the process of its development, as well as about the pre-image as a symbolical identity of the idea and the material. The article re­veals the specificity of comprehending the image on the one hand and that of the semiotics as applied to music on the other hand. Some phenomena of avant-garde in the music of the second half of the 20th century are viewed in the light of some features of music specially marked.