Humanities Essay examples

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This module provides an overview on the subject of art appreciation for those entirely new to the subject. This is a complex topic to deal with and it is impossible to have a truly comprehensive discussion on the topic in such a brief essay. The student is advised to consult more advanced texts to gain further understanding of how to appreciate art more fully.

HUMANITIES: What is it? • The term Humanities comes from the Latin word, “humanitas” • It generally refers to art, literature, music, architecture, dance and the theatre—in which human subjectivity is emphasized and individual expressiveness is dramatized.

HOW IMPORTANT IS HUMANITIES • The fields of knowledge and study falling under
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An idea or emotion remains an idea or emotion in the realm of the mind until it is expressed. The expression and subsequent transmission requires a vehicle. In the case of visual arts, possible vehicles could be canvas or paper.

Art is very similar to spoken/ written language. Like art, language is a vehicle for the transmission of ideas. Each genre of art has its own rules and traditions, just like language has grammar and vocabulary. A baby is born with a potential to learn language, but he is not able to communicate in a particular language until he learns to use it. So the language of art needs to be learned too.

The definition of 'beautiful' is a fluid concept. Each generation of artists explores new frontiers and ads to the existing pool of artistic language. For example, if you were to ask someone from the Renaissance period to appraise Picasso's paintings, Picasso's works would most likely be too different from their current understanding of artistic norms for them to fully comprehend and appreciate. Furthermore, new forms and concepts of art have almost never been invented on their own, but rather have evolved from ideas based on previous developments in art. This is why studying existing canons of great art is very important.

*Some definitions of art according to philosophers:

• Art is that which brings life in harmony with the beauty

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