Goethe's ideas on colour and imagery crossed many borderlines: those of artistic processes and philosophical aesthetics, art history and colour theory, together with the science of perception. This investigation into his writings ranges across art from Antiquity to Goethe's literary work.
Introduction 1. Goethe's Mental Images 2. Ambiguous Figures in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre 3. Specular Moment: Moment for Reflection 4. Goethe's Green: The 'Mixed' Boundary Colours in Zur Farbenlehre 5. Harmoniespiel der Farben': Goethe, Meyer and Pietro da Cortona 6. Classical Colour Harmony: Goethe and Heinrich Meyer on Jacques Louis David and his Pupil Gottlieb Schick, an 'emporstrebenden jungen Maler' in Rome 7. Mannigfaltigkeit des Farbenspiels': Goethe and Heinrich Meyer on Harmony through Colour Variation 8. An Alternative Antiquity? Ornament in Goethe, Meyer and Giulio Romano