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Art Appreciation

Unit 1 Individual Project

In the broadest sense, art is all the processes and products of human skill, imagination, and invention. In contemporary usage, definitions of art usually reflect art theory, and the term may encompass literature, music, drama, painting, and sculpture. Popularly, the term is most commonly used to refer to the visual arts. In Western culture, artistic thought and theories introduced by the ancient Greeks still influence our perceptions and judgments of art.

The definition of art is controversial in contemporary philosophy. Whether art can be defined has also been a matter of controversy. The philosophical usefulness of a definition of art has also been debated.

Contemporary definitions are of two main sorts. One distinctively modern, conventionalist, sort of definition focuses on art's institutional features, emphasizing the way art changes over time, modern works that appear to break radically with all traditional art, and the relational properties of artworks that depend on works' relations to art history, art genres, etc. The less conventionalist sort of contemporary definition makes use of a broader, more traditional concept of aesthetic properties that includes more than art-relational ones, and focuses on art's pan-cultural and trans-historical characteristics.

The Mona Lisa is definitely one of the most popular paintings worldwide and has been the center of many artistic, religious, and theoretical debates; she is most famous for her facial expression, her enigmatic smile and da Vinci’s mastering of tone and color in the painting. Most viewers see the meaning behind Mona Lisa’s smile very differently. To me this piece encompasses everything I believe art to be. It is nice to look at, but it also makes you think, a picture only becomes art when it makes you feel something, or think about things differently. Art brings perspective. Art is controversial.

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