ÉTUDES BALKANIQUES

ISSN: 0324-1645       ISSN (online): 2534-8574

Études balkaniques

Etudes balkaniques is a quarterly peer-review journal, which has been publishing research since 1964. Research papers related to the Balkan countries in French, English, German, Russian and Italian have appeared in it, thus making them available to a wide scientific community across borders.

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DEFINING BEAUTY IN ART: FIVE PROVISI AND SIX CRITERIA SINE QUA NON

Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) 2022 N 1

Alexandra Fol
Doctor of Music
Canada

Abstract: The author proposes and defends the following five provisi that help define beauty in art: 1) Beauty is not essential for an artwork to be an artwork; 2) Beauty and aesthetics are not identical notions; 3) Taste does not define beauty; 4) Morality is immaterial to beauty; 5) The ontology of an artwork is distinct from a person’s emotional response to it. Fol follows her preamble by defining and defending six criteria that, when taken as an ensemble, establish a standard for beauty in an artwork on a sliding scale: 1) Containing at least five art properties and five craft properties from a provided list; 2) Directed intentionality vs. randomness of action(s); 3) Engaged experience that exceeds mere satisfaction of experience; 4) Recognizable, not necessarily definable patterns of manufacture: aka, style; 5) Potential for symbolic interpretation vs nothing but face value; 6) Nested levels of intent.

Keywords: Beauty in an artwork, conditions for beauty, definition of beauty, ontology of beauty, philosophy of beauty, aesthetics

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