What is Art and Why Does it Matter?

Viewing a painting at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 2019. Portrait of Marie-Antionette, by Elisabeth. Louise Vigee LeBrun. In this moment two children were introduced to geography, history, feminism, as well as countless considerations of classical painting techniques.

To be learning something is the greatest of pleasures not only to the philosopher but also to the rest of mankind, however small their capacity for it; the reason of the delight in seeing the picture is that one is at the same time learning, and gathering the means of things,….

(Aristotle, Poetics in The Basic Works of Aristotle (Richard McKeon, Ed.). New York: Random Housew, 1941)

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