(Paraphrased from Art: Images and
Ideas by Laura H. Chapman)
Some philosophies of art are
based on respect for logical order and idealized forms people can
invent. Standards for judging art include:
work is beautiful, harmonious.
The work is
unified by a kind of invented or mathematical order.
of parts, colors and other elements are more perfect or
idealized than you might see in life.
The work is not
filled with details you might see in life.
The subject or
theme is idealized or has a spiritual quality unlike everyday,
The work is more
abstract than realistic.
Functional or Decorative Art:
You can see
evidence of extreme care in using materials and finishing the
You sense the
artist knew exactly what to do with materials and techniques.
The form of the
art is elegant, refined or dignified.
use of the object seems to be less important than the design.