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Is It Even Possible to Define What Art Is, Exactly?
There are many things that contribute to the definition of art. Explore the history, philosophy, value, and meaning of visual art.

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Defining Art

Defining Art
  • Art does not have a universal definition, though it is generally believed that it is an intentional and conscious creation of something that requires imagination and skill.
  • It can ...

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Defining Art Through History

  • From the 11th century until the end of the 17th century, the definition of art was anything that was done with expertise, with the result of knowledge and practice.

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Philosophy of Art

  • Art as Representation or Mimesis. Representation of art as an imitation or copying became the mainstream meaning of art in Greece. Plato first developed the idea of art as...

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Thomas Merton

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."

Thomas Merton

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Edgar Degas

"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

Edgar Degas

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Jean Sibelius

"Art is the signature of civilizations."

Jean Sibelius

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