Discipline: Art

(Antiquity- )

The theory that art not only reproduces nature, but perfects and improves upon it.

Since Aristotle and Plato there have been accounts of artists who reveal beauty in nature through their own work.

The neo-Platonists revived Plato's Theory of Ideas, in which objects are imperfect copies which relate to a doctrine of Ideas and Forms. The 17th-century Italian theorist BELLORI characterized the artist as the key to the revelation of beauty to the spectator, citing as an example the French painter NICOLAS POUSSIN (1594-1665).

In neo-classicism, idealization can be understood as following a canon of perfection.

Also See:

· neo-Platonism


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