Hegel’s “characteristic” (die Charakteristik) in 1828-29
In his 1828 Aesthetics, Hegel cites his Berlin colleague Aloys Hirt’s equating of art-beauty (das Kunstschöne) with “the characteristic”, for Friedrich Schlegel a mark of the modern. Why did Hegel do that? First, it allowed him to position himself in relation both to Romanticism and to Weimar Classicism. Second, he could use Hirt’s polemic against the art historian K.F. Rumohr to contrast the latter’s naturalism with an Idealism open to depiction of everyday life, as in Dutch genre painting.
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