By Richard R. La Croix
An interdisciplinary number of essays of a few of the recommendations important to Augustine's philosophy of paintings, mostly overlooked in earlier works.
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Although Avicenna does not explicitly identify the sickness of love with melancholy, he does indicate that it has a melancholy structure arising from the connection—also noted by Ibn al-JazzƗr—between love and worry, or sollicitudo. 57 Dino del Garbo’s reference to Avicenna is sufﬁcient evidence for how durable this passage was to be in the medical treatises on love: [E]t istud dictum de difﬁnitione essentia amoris concordat cum eo quod auctor medicinae dicit de amore difﬁniendo ipsum. Dicit enim amor est sollicitudo melanconica, similis melanconicae in quo homo iam sibi inducit incitationem cogitationis super pulchritudinem quarumdam formarum et ﬁgurarum quae insunt ei; deinde adiuvat ipsum ad illud desiderium eius, et non consequitur.
Fortitudo autem imaginationis erat propter siccitatem spiritus, quamvis rectiﬁcet motum eius. Et etiam quia intellectus a sensu et phantasia distrahitur ab actionibus rationis propter corruptionem complexionis spiritus. [In the melancholy man, the strength of the imagination of sorrowful things makes them appear to him, so that the thing whose likeness is represented in his soul seems to be really there, and therefore he persists in his continual sorrow. Now the strength of the imagination comes from the dryness of the spirit.
In another way, then, the estimative faculty performs a mediating function between the world and the subject. 19). The object imagined is judged to have a positive connotational attribute, in Hasse’s terms, and this judgment eventually stirs the appetite—in this case the concupiscible appetite—and provokes movement. Thus desire, when sufﬁciently vehement, provokes a movement toward the beloved. According to Gerard and others, the disruption of the estimative faculty that occurs in lovesickness results in precisely an overestimation of the beloved and a perseveration of desire: “The cause, then, of this disease is a malfunction of the estimative faculty, which is misled by sensed intentions into apprehending non-sensed accidents that perhaps are not in the person.
Augustine on Music: An Interdisciplinary Collection of Essays (Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music) by Richard R. La Croix