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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 82 PHILOSOPHY OF ART

Aristotle (384-322 BCE)

ART AS INSPIRATION

“...generally art partly completes what nature cannot bring to a finish, and partly imitates her.” —Aristotle, Ethics; Book II, pt. 8

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In some ways, the Greek philosopher Aristotle agrees with his teacher Plato. He grants that most art is imitative in nature and that beauty is dependent on a proper balance and ordering of measurements. He also recognizes art’s capacity to incite enthusiasm in an individual. However, unlike Plato, who sees art’s powers of persuasion as ...

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