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ERIC Number: EJ805161
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
The Divine and Artistic Ideal: Ideas and Insights for Cross-Cultural Aesthetic Education
Gu, Ming Dong
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v42 n3 p88-105 Fall 2008
Art has been related to the divine across cultures. In most traditions, the divine has been viewed as the ultimate aesthetic ideal, and aesthetics is full of notions, ideas, and concepts related to it without which artistic criticism and aesthetic education would be in a much impoverished state. The divine in art, however, is a slippery category. This article examines some critical and theoretical data on the divine, divine creation, and divine spirit in artistic representation from the Chinese and Western traditions and explores how the Chinese and Western traditions employ ideas of the divine for artistic conceptions and aesthetic education. On the basis of comparison and contrast, the study will try to obtain some rational insights into the relationship between artistic creation and the divine in terms of logical analysis. Finally, it will make some efforts to reconceptualize the insights drawn from both traditions and explore to what extent the divine is still relevant to present-day aesthetics, how an aesthetic ideal may be conceived on ideas of the divine in artistic representation, and in what ways an art work may be considered to have entered the divine realm of artistic ideal. (Contains 69 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China