The methodologies of Art – Laurie Schneider Adams


“A picture is worth a lot more than a thousand words. No amount of words can describe an image or an object exactly. Whether it is a picture, a sculpture or a work of architecture. This is because words constitute one kid of language and imagery another, thereby creating a need for translation.”

What is Art? – Pg 3

“Art is as simple as it is difficult to define, for those who belong to the “i know what i like” school, art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. For others, art is any object or image that is so defined by its master. Art can also be an object or an image not explicitly identified as such, but which strikes  the observer  as expressive  or aesthetically pleasing.”

“Before there was art history and the methodologies considered in this book, there was  philosophy. Philosophers have had a great deal to say about the nature of art and the aesthetic response. For plato, visual apart was mimesis greek for”immitation”and techne or “skill”, and beauty was an essential ideal that expressed the truth of things. But beauty and truth, in Plato’s view, were of a higher order than art. In fact, he had little interests in works of art because they were neither useful imitations of essential ideas nor the ideas themselves.”

“Take   the example of Mariette’s twentieth century ‘the betrayal of images, which is a convincing painting of a pipe. According t Plato, there ould be, in the world of ideas, an essence of perfect “pipeness”. A pipe in the real world, on the other hand, might be useful, but it would lack the perfection of the ideal pipe. The painted image of the pipe, however, is neither useful nor ideal as is implied b Mariette’s written text. For plat therefore, the image is the least “true” of the three conditions.”

Pg 4

“To know a hing in Aristotle’s view, one ha to know its matter, its maker,and its purpose, a well as its form.”

Pg 8

“From the nineteenth century, various methodological approaches to works of art have developed, and these provide us with different ways of thinking about images, artists, and even critics. In the best of all possible Worlds, these “methods” of artistic analysis do not compete but rather reinforce one another and reveal the multifaceted character of he visual arts.”

“One thing that can be confidently said about “art” is that it derives ultimately from an inborn human impulse to create. Give children crayons, and they draw. Give them blocks, and they build with clay, they model, with a knife and a piece of wood, they carve. In the absence of such materials, children naturally find of the outlets for their artistic energy. Sand castles, snowmen, mud pies, scribbles and tree houses are all products of the childs impulse to impose created form on the world of nature.”

Formalism and style pg 21

“Formalism is an approach to the art that stresses the significance of form over content as the source of a works subjective appeal. To a large extent, formalists consider that form is content. Roger Fry (1866-1934) the most influential formalist critic in early – twentieth century England, took the position tat rt has little or no meaningful connection with either the artist who makes it or the culture to which it belongs”

“Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

believed in an essential ideal beauty, which is distinct from both nature and art. In Kant’s system considerations of utility, origin, context, and so forth interfere with the experience and judgement of an objects aesthetic qualities.”

This was an interesting book it was more historical methods than modern ut it took an interesting look into the theory tha art is an imitation of real beauty. I think that is quite a clever analogy. The art has no actual function unlike the object from where the art was inspired from. Art is only an imitation of what the theory is behind it. Why have a piece of art that stands for values you admire than actually doing something practical towards the issue.


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I am currently doing my Masters in interior design, this blog is to reflect and inspire my progress through out my time on the course. View all posts by hannahruthkellett

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