Andrei Pop

Committee on Social Thought
1130 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 702-8413

Brief Description


Andrei Pop (BA Stanford, PhD Harvard, art history) has published a book on the Anglo-Swiss painter Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), and a translation of Karl Rosenkranz’s 1853 Aesthetics of Ugliness. His current work concerns pictures as logical objects linking fantasy and fiction to scientific activities like the formulation and testing of hypotheses. The proximate goal is to defend a politically engaged social history of art by emphasizing the truth-directedness of representations. The more distant goal is to give an aesthetic and art-historical argument for Platonism. To this end, he is interested in the relation of art and science, in dramatic and narrative art (what is usually called classicism), and in how modernity deals with the past. Linked to this are ethical and political questions about what role art plays in the good life and the bad. Subsidiary interests include cartoons, comics and caricatures, popular music, beauty and ugliness in and beyond art.


Selected Publications


Antiquity, Theatre, and the Painting of Henry Fuseli (2015).


Karl Rosenkranz, The Aesthetics of Ugliness, 1853 (2015), translated and ed. with Mechtild Widrich.


“Enlightenment Sexual Anthropology: Three Writers and a Caricaturist,” Enlightenment Liberties/Libertés des Lumières (2015).


Ugliness: The Non-Beautiful in Art and Theory (2014), ed. with Mechtild Widrich. Preface, essay: “The Coexistence of Beauty and Ugliness”, and annotated bibliography.


“Iconology and the Logic of Belief: a Case Study of Anselm’s Chapel, Canterbury,” IKON, Vol.7 (2014).


“Masks, Modernity, Egoism: Theatrical Practice in James Ensor and Maurice Maeterlinck,” in The Art of Theatre: Word, Image, and Performance in France and Belgium, c.1830-1910, ed. Claire Moran (2013).


“Henry Fuseli: Greek Tragedy and Cultural Pluralism,” Art Bulletin Vol.94, No.1 (2012).


“Das Einleuchtende am Bild: der andauernde Wert von Wittgensteins früher Bildtheorie,” Kategorien zwischen Denkform, Analysenwerkzeug und historischem Diskurs (2012).


“Sympathetic Spectators: Henry Fuseli’s Nightmare and Emma Hamilton’s Attitudes,” Art History, Vol.34, No.5 (2011).


“În Peştera lui Polifem,” Vatra, No.7-8 (2009).


How to do Things with Pictures: A Guide to Writing in Art History (2008).


Courses taught


Reading Winckelmann

Henry Fuseli, Revolutionary Classicist

Beauty and Ugliness

Sculpture: Thing or Artificial Life?

Theoretical Foundations of Art History

How to Look at Artworks

Art as Theatre, 1700-1900

Painting: A Paradigmatic Art

Garrick and Greek Tragedy

Classicism between Reflection and Revolution