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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 2 PHILOSOPHY OF ART

What is Aesthetics?

MAKING JUDGMENTS ABOUT JUDGMENTS

“A Picture is worth a thousand words.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

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Strictly speaking, aesthetics is not the same thing as the philosophy of art. Aesthetics is a broader term, not just referring to created artwork but to matters of taste in general. Translated from the original Greek, the word encompasses any sort of sensory perception. It wasn’t until the 18th century that the German philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten gave aesthetics its modern meaning. In short, ...

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