Art and imitation

Art and Imitation: Aesthetics and the Value of the Beautiful

Since the beginning of human history, aesthetics have played an prominent role in society and culture. The study of beauty speaks to a universality that persists regardless of other cultural realities. All civilizations utilize some type of artwork to weave the narrative of their shared experiences. This visual lexicon provides the legacy of generations across the globe, recording their rites, mores, and history. With the rise of formalized art and artistic critique, however, the question of “good” versus “bad” art has arisen. Perhaps more importantly, the methods by which one determines whether or not art is “good” has remained the subject of debate for millennia.
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