This article is about the general concept of Art. For the categories of different artistic disciplines, see The arts. For the arts that are visual in nature, see Visual arts. For other uses, see Art (disambiguation).
Clockwise from upper left: A self-portrait from Vincent van Gogh, an African Chokwe-statue, detail from the Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli and a Japanese Shisa lion.
Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects the senses, emotions, and/or intellect. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, photography, ...view middle of the document...
3 Communication |
|5 Purpose of art |
|5.1 Non-motivated functions of art |
|5.2 Motivated functions of art |
|6 Controversial art |
|7 Art theories |
|8 Classification disputes |
|9 Art, class, and value |
|10 See also |
|11 Notes |
|12 Bibliography |
|13 Further reading |
|14 External links |
Mozarabic Beatus miniature; Spain, late 10th century.
Philosopher Richard Wollheim distinguishes three approaches to assessing the aesthetic value of art: the Realist, whereby aesthetic quality is an absolute value independent of any human view; the Objectivist, whereby it is also an absolute value, but is dependent on general human experience; and the Relativist position, whereby it is not an...