expressive work intended to be appreciated for its beauty or emotional power; or the process of creating such a work

Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. Other activities related to the production of works of art include the criticism of art, the study of the history of art, and the aesthetic dissemination of art. The three classical branches of visual art are painting, sculpture and architecture. Music, theatre, film, dance, and other performing arts, as well as literature and other media such as interactive media, are included in a broader definition of the arts. Until the 17th century, art referred to any skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences. In modern usage after the 17th century, where aesthetic considerations are paramount, the fine arts are separated and distinguished from acquired skills in general, such as the decorative or applied arts. Though there is no generally agreed definition of what constitutes art, and has changed over time, general descriptions mention an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. The nature of art and related concepts, such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.
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Life Is Elsewhere

novel by Milan Kundera

author: Milan Kundera

Sexual Personae

book by Camille Paglia

author: Camille Paglia



1901 novel by Thomas Mann

author: Thomas Mann


In Search of Lost Time

novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust

author: Marcel Proust

1913 or 1927

Im Kampf um meine Kunst ( 1920 )

german article in Die Gartenlaube, 1899, no. 19

author: Hans Baluschek

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