Ancient Greeks: Aristotle on the Purpose of Art
The aim of art is to represent
not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
“Aristotle, (born c. 384 bce—died c. 322 bce), is a towering figure in ancient Greek philosophy, making contributions to logic, metaphysics, mathematics, physics, biology, botany, ethics, politics, agriculture, medicine, dance and theatre. He was a student of Plato who in turn studied under Socrates. He was more empirically-minded than Plato or Socrates and is famous for rejecting Plato’s theory of forms.” ~ Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Human nature has not changed over the millennia. The question is, do we learn from history?
Art can illuminate beauty as well as pain. I think artistic and creative activism does both, spurring visionary action.
That’s one of my thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?
Ancient Greek Wisdom