An Analysis Of Plato 's Republic And Art Essay

1344 Words Nov 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Often the most widely consumed by the general public, architectural renderings are oddly inconsequential in the actual realization of a physical building or structure. Clearly the most common way to engage with a piece of architecture is to simply be there, experiencing the space first hand as the designer intended it. However, when entering the beginning stages of the long architectural process clients understandably prefer to have some idea of what they are investing their time and money in before it’s constructed; enter architectural visualization. Whether it be in the form of a watercolor painting, floor plan, or photorealistic computer generated rendering, these images and drawings are a mere representation of a building that has yet to come to fruition. Book X of Plato’s Republic makes clear that representation art is so far detached from the Forms, causing people to experience and indulge in unsolicited emotions, that it inevitably leads to a poorly ordered soul, and where disorder thrives, injustice follows. Examining Plato’s arguments as to why representational art is cause for concern for the well-ordered soul and applying those arguments to various forms of architectural visualizations, this paper will attempt to conclude whether this sort of imagery is harmful to the soul or otherwise. Plato first brings to our attention the idea that at the very least, art is twice removed from the Forms, those which are good and pure, making them even more imperfect…

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