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Humanities and Culture Key Concepts Appreciating the experience of others Through the formal arts and philosophy, we celebrate our common humanity across time and cultures. The humanities help us fathom and appreciate the experiences of fellow human beings, whether in the far distant past or in our own time. Here are examples of how studying the humanities can promote an appreciation for the experiences of others. Study of. .. Promotes/Leads to. .. Multicultural literature Greater open-mindedness. Ancient Greek literature Awareness of the fundamental philosophical questions which humanity has grappled with since antiquity. World music Awareness of the complex connections between world cultures. Humanities Greater understanding of the continuity of human struggles over the ages. Multiple perspectives on how best to live one's life. Understanding Evolving Aesthetics and Standards of Beauty These examples show how and why aesthetic perceptions in the visual arts have changed from one time period (with its cultural context) to another (with its cultural context).
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Example of Art Perception Change in perception or counter perception Why? Paintings of Vincent van Gogh The art world met van Gogh's paintings with ridicule or indifference when they first appeared. Today, his works are celebrated for their beauty and creativity, and van Gogh is esteemed as an artistic genius. The art world in van Gogh's day was unable to recognize the genius at work in his unconventional and singular style. What constitutes beauty in art can change because aesthetic experience is relative: it changes from one generation or epoch to the next. Shift in depictions of the human form from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance The Church in the Middle Ages prohibited depiction of the human body in the nude. Renaissance artists strove for lifelike, realistic representation of the human body. Renaissance art revived the practice from the classical tradition of depicting the human body in the nude. Realistic depiction of the human body expressed the Renaissance artist's insistence on freedom of individual expression and renewed interest in the art of the classical world. Venus and Adonis by Peter Paul Rubens The portrait of Venus, Roman goddess of love, epitomized feminine beauty in the early 17th century, when Rubens painted it. Today, the audience would regard the depiction as far from its ideal of female beauty. Standards of human beauty have shifted through the ages. Rubens' curvy female figure depicted in Venus and Adonis was considered beautiful in his time, but modern viewers often have different expectations for feminine beauty. Water Lilies series by Claude Monet Today, this series of paintings are highly valued for their beauty and hailed as a signature achievement of the Impressionist period. The aesthetic of
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course CLC 101 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Western Governors.

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