- A Gesamtkunstwerk (German pronunciation: [gə
- ˈzamtˌku̇nstˌveɐ̯k], translated as total work of art, ideal work of art, universal artwork, synthesis of the arts, comprehensive artwork, all-embracing art form or total artwork) is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so
- The term is a German word which has come to be accepted in English as a term in aesthetics
- The term was first used by the German writer and philosopher K
- Trahndorff in an essay in 1827
- The German opera composer Richard Wagner used the term in two 1849 essays, and the word has become particularly associated with his aesthetic ideals
- It is unclear whether Wagner knew of Trahndorff's essay
- In the twentieth century, some writers applied the term to some forms of architecture, while others have applied it to film and mass media
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