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Fine Arts

  • By: Henrik Hagtvedt & Vanessa M. Patrick
  • In: Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
  • Edited by: Dale Southerton
  • Subject:Sociology of Consumption, Consumer Psychology, Consumer Culture

Fine arts may be defined as activities, or results of activities, involved in a type of human expression in which the application of skill and creativity to the structuring of formal qualities (such as colors, shapes, movements, sounds, etc.) results in an aesthetic whole. Examples range from the Paleolithic Lascaux cave paintings to Michelangelo's marble sculptures. Any definition of fine arts is likely to be subject to debate, given the difficulties involved in establishing a clear and objective category for this form of human behavior. Throughout history, scholars and philosophers have provided a wide variety of approaches to the topic, ranging from Aristotle's view of art as imitation, to the Kantian emphasis on the genius of the artist and the disinterested pleasure of the viewer, ...

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