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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 72 PHILOSOPHY OF ART

Plato (427-347 BCE)

ART AS IMITATION OF IMITATION

“But what if man had eyes to see the true beauty—the divine beauty, I mean, pure and clear and unalloyed, not clogged with the pollutions of mortality and all the colors and vanities of human life...?”

Plato, Symposium, 212

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You may vaguely recall from Philosophy 101 that a guy named Play-Dough wrote about some cave and was really into these things called “forms.” Well, besides the spelling, you wouldn’t be too far off. Plato was definitely obsessed with the unattainable ...

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