Art and Beauty: Reality and Illusion

In the above discussions, we have seen that art works can be quite diverse in content and style. Some display elements of the real world, while others can reflect the creative imagination of the artist. Some represent real events that truly occurred, while others represent mystical experiences and virtual realities. Therefore, our discussions need to mirror that flexibility. If there is no clear-cut “officially sanctioned” definition for art, then our interpretation similarly needs to be subjective (subject to the viewer’s individual interpretation). As our levels of interest in a work of art may vary due to our cultural and historical backgrounds, art interpretation/criticism must reflect this diversity. We must address how art “looks,” the message being delivered, and how the visual elements are assembled.