sexta-feira, 14 de março de 2008

Power of Art

Art and Love is man’s greatest gift.

Art, like any other form of communication, reflects the intention as well as vision or genius of the creator.

Leonardo da Vinci

Art elevates the human mind, sublimates his base emotions, and cultivates his sense to be more sensitive to the finer things of life. Art gives peace and vitality to the human mind and soul; and as children are to women of whom they are born, so is art to its creator, the artistic genius. To cultivate ones mind so that art may "speak," is to raise oneself above the level of the animal kingdom; it is to give freedom to man's spirit which is the real joy of life.

Salvador Dalí

What makes something, a piece of good art, as opposed to bad art?

What makes something a piece of printed page, or piece of music art?
Ultimate question in the philosophy of art is not only what art is but what its purpose, function, and importance it has are in our lives.


Tolstoys view on art:
If a man is infected (is moved by or is very passionate about it) by the author's condition of soul, if he feels this emotion and this union with others, then the object which has effected this is art.Degree of infectiousness is also the sole measure of excellence in art. The stronger the infection, the better is the art as art, speaking now apart from its subject matter, i.e., not considering the quality of the feelings it transmits. And the degree of the infectiousness of art depends on three conditions:
1. Individuality of the feeling transmitted;
2. Clearlesness with which the feeling is transmitted;
3. Sincerity of the artist.


Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can only be explored by those willing to take the risks.


An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way;an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.

Pablo Picasso

Art has many forms: Paintings, Sculpture, Architecture, Photography, Music, etc.

Van Gogh

1. Paintings

The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation and rip us from our default mode of seeing. After an encounter with that force, we don't look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body, in quite the same way again. We get fitted with new sight: in-sight. Visions of beauty or a rush of intense pleasure are part of that process, but so too may be shock, pain, desire, pity, even revulsion. That kind of art seems to have rewired our senses. We apprehend the world differently.


Beauty is matter of insight into the divine and manifestation to ultimate truth. With beauty life has been further expanded. Beauty is skin deep, hower by integration body and soul, sense of wholeness can be achieved. Beauty can also be irresistable weapon and could be deceptive and corrupting... It steals the institutions power, seduces congregation.

Michelangelo Merisi di Caravaggio

In this painting of the victory of virtue over evil it's supposed to be David who is the centre of attention, but have you ever seen a less jubilant victory? On his sword is inscribed. Is humility conquers pride. This is the battle that has been fought out inside Caravaggio's head between the two sides of the painter that are portrayed here.


Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter
(like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art.

Van Dyck


Perspective is the way in which artists create an illusion of depth on a flat surface. For hundreds of years painters have tried to represent accurately a scene that exists in three dimensions on a two-dimensional canvas. One of the ways to create this illusion is to make the objects that are far away smaller than those that are closer to the viewer.


Just as stage designers use lighting to spotlight a performer, painters will often highlight important elements in paintings


Use of different colors provide emphasis, emotion, etc. Often colors highlight parts of an image to draw specific attention to it.

* By using light and shadows, artists give volume to their subjects.
* One way one can give figures three-dimensional form is to reflect light off their bodies and paint shadows cast by them.


What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.

Diego Rivera

Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.

2. Sculpture

“There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through”


The sculptor represents the transition from one pose to another. He indicates how insensibly the first glides into the second.In his work we still see a part of what was and we discover a part of what is to be.

As picture teaches the colouring, so sculpture the anatomy of form.

Pieta - Michelangelo

David - Michelangelo

Moses - Michelangelo


Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.

Chihuli - Looking at Art
*Light, *Perspective, *Movement, *Color, *Form, *Proportion, *Symbolism and *Lines.

Architecture is frozen music.

3. Architecture
St. Catherine’s palace - St. Petersburg

Of all the arts , architecture is the most Tangible and influential in the lives of men everywhere. We shop, work and seek entertainment in buildings. Thus the form of structure influences are activities.


Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore.

Our experience in great cathedrals i a special awe. Our experience can combine a number of arts simultaneously: Music, sculpture, paintings as well as spatial design.

Older cultures seem always to have known practicality of beauty. That which is without beauty quickly deteriorates.

Park Guëll








Coloseum - Rome

Johann Straus

4. Music

Music in some way is the most subtle form of art, it bypasses the left brain rationality. Music brings as most readily tears to our eyes.

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven was going through one of these sorrowful, sombre and gloomy periods when he created the best music.

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

Antonín DVOŘÁK

After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Johan Amadeus Mozart

Johann Sebastian Bach

The energy to classical music has a very positive impact on learning capacities and increases level of consciousness.

Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky


The exposure to classical music in childhood results in attraction to peace, truth and beauty,and aversion to violence.


Without music, life would be an error.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. 

Art of Ballet

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to music or watch ballet?

Essence of beauty does not change, only its form.

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