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aesthetic attitude

aesthetic attitude  

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Philosophy
The attitude of detached and disinterested, but engaged, contemplation often supposed to be appropriate to understanding the aesthetic value of a work of art. The centrality of an aesthetic attitude ...
aestheticism

aestheticism  

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Media studies
1. An alleged social trend which involves an increasing personal concern with visual displays and/or a growing role for public spectacle in everyday life; typically a pejorative term. See also visual ...
aesthetics

aesthetics  

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(Greek sense perception)Kant keeps the ancient Greek usage, in which anything treating of sense perception may be called an aesthetic. The word had earlier been restricted by Baumgarten to the ...
Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev  

(b ?c.1360; d Moscow, 1430).The most famous of Russian icon painters. The 600th anniversary of his birth was celebrated by Soviet Russia in 1960, but the date is not firmly documented and there is ...
Arabic Calligraphy

Arabic Calligraphy  

Arabic writing, alphabetical in type, belongs to the Semitic scripts; it has 25 consonants, three semi-vowels and three long vowels. Appearing under the influence of Syriac in the Christian Arab ...
architecture

architecture  

The term given to an organization's information technology platform, structure and process but increasingly used as a way of explaining complex marketing concepts and functions, for example ‘brand ...
Armament Culture

Armament Culture  

War has spawned some of humankind’s greatest achievements as well as its worst excesses. Its glories and tragedies have been celebrated in the epic poetry of Homer, the plays of ...
art and architecture: Armenian

art and architecture: Armenian  

Medieval Armenia’s visual culture bears strikingly distinctive features as well as evidence of close contact with neighbouring traditions. Art in the region is generally categorized into three ...
art and illusion

art and illusion  

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Linguistics
(1960)is an influential work by Ernst Gombrich (1909–2001) that emphasizes the conventional context of art-historical discourse.In his introduction, Gombrich presents his psychology of perception and ...
art and morality

art and morality  

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Argument in this area tends to cluster around either of two poles: one seeing the relation between art and morality as close and harmonious, the other more keenly aware of conflicts and tensions ...
Art Deco

Art Deco  

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The predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colours.
art Nouveau

art Nouveau  

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A style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the US from about 1890 until the First World War and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves ...
Arthur C. Danto

Arthur C. Danto  

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Philosophy
(1924– )Philosophy professor at Columbia University (1966–87) whose major works include Nietzsche as Philosopher (1965). He is however best known as a philosopher of art, and art critic, and ...
artisan

artisan  

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History
A skilled craft worker. The term was used particularly in the 19th century. Artisans provided the leadership of working-class political reform groups.
artist

artist  

In the MA the artist, or better artifex (‘artificer’), was most frequently considered a practitioner of the mechanical arts. Inextricably linked to his manual activities, he was viewed as a ...
Artists and Artisans

Artists and Artisans  

Egyptologists long debated whether the statuary, painting, and relief created during the three millennia of pharaonic history could properly be considered art, since those products were intended to ...
Beatus of Liébana

Beatus of Liébana  

(d. 798)A Spanish monk in Liébana (Cantabria), who in the 8th century authored a highly influential commentary on the Apocalypse. The significance of this commentary lay not so much ...
Benedetto Antelami

Benedetto Antelami  

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(late 12th century) Emilian sculptor whose work, informed by both antique Roman and contemporary French sculpture,includes the free-standing prophets in façade niches of Fidenza cathedral and the ...
Berry, Jean, duc de

Berry, Jean, duc de  

 (1340–1416)Son of Jean II of France and greatest bibliophile of his time. He hired the Lombard illuminator Pietro da Verona as his librarian, and owned historical texts, romances, and ...
Bilzingsleben

Bilzingsleben  

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Is an open-air Lower Paleolithic lakeshore site at Steinrinne in eastern Germany, near the confluence of the Wipper and Wirbelbach rivers. It first became known as an old quarry with ...

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