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ERIC Number: EJ1002473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Anatomical Evolution and the Aesthetic Response to Figurative Art
Magro, Albert
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v46 n2 p58-73 Sum 2012
With regard to general aesthetic education, the university liberal studies curriculum is designed to provide a balance of the humanities and sciences. Beyond offering a balanced curriculum, there is the current trend for universities to offer a liberal studies curriculum that interfaces the sciences and the humanities. A prime example of this is the emerging discipline of evolutionary aesthetics, which is founded on the idea of explaining art and the aesthetic experience in terms of evolutionary concepts. Evolutionary aesthetics is developing, has great potential, and is being increasingly acknowledged by the aesthetic community. In keeping with the growing field of evolutionary aesthetics, the primary aim of this paper is to apply pertinent ideas from evolutionary biology to present a novel point of view regarding the aesthetic response. An additional objective is to demonstrate a relationship between hominin anatomical evolution and what artists do when they create works of art of the human form. For the limited arguments presented here, the focus of this paper is restricted to figurative art. The art works presented, as illustrations, are identifiable as human figures, albeit some of them portray abnormal anatomical proportions. (Contains 4 figures and 40 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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