(Paraphrased from Art: Images and
Ideas by Laura H. Chapman)
Art experts believe that you need to know
criteria from philosophies of art to make sound judgments of art.
A philosophy of art states how people should
think about or judge it. Philosophers of art are called
aestheticians. They study the history of ideas about art.
Most aestheticians agree that there are four
traditional philosophies of art and how to judge it: art as
imitation, art as expression, art as formal order and art as
instrumental. Click on each of the links below to learn more.
Art as Formal
Check for Understanding!
When students have demonstrated
that they understand the different forms of Art Criticism please
Questions 8, 9 and 10 on the Study Guide. Click on the "NEXT" button
to move on to the "Philosophies Section."
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