For many centuries of art and architecture have been closely linked. Art is a creative range of human activities relating to the visual arts, to explore physical perfection, to display creative beauty, artistic ability, or emotional strength. Architecture is the arrangement of physical items designed for aesthetic or functional purposes such as the construction of temples, buildings, bridges, and palaces. The word “art” literally means “of the eye.” Both terms today are used to refer to an array of human works of visual and/or performing arts.
The definition of Art as a visual art has been around for over two thousand years. According to the Webster’s Dictionary, the definition is “the process of creating things especially by the use of physical tools and the imagination.” In fact the definition is so broad that it includes architecture, literature, music, paintings, and dance. A more exact definition would be “the process of designing things especially by the use of the physical senses.” This definition does not necessarily exclude the visual arts from the definition. Art is not a medium by which the information is expressed, rather it is an endeavor to create aesthetically pleasing and meaningful objects that can be viewed, appreciated, and shared by others.
When we talk about Art, it is our desire to define art beyond the boundaries of our own experience. By viewing a painting, listening to music, watching a movie, or looking at any other artwork we can become aware of the creative process of the artist went through in order to create their particular piece. By visiting an art gallery we can see another viewpoint on the creation of the work of art. Visiting museums and galleries is also a great way to learn about the different types of art available to us and the history of the different forms and genres of art that have come and gone throughout the ages.
With the advent of the Internet, more people are choosing to showcase their talent through the use of the digital art medium. The definition of digital art has changed quite significantly over the past decade and in the coming years, as technology continues to advance it is expected that the definition of art will change even more. One thing is for certain, however, the definition of art will continue to change as it becomes more popular among the general public. In the past, only the very wealthy and those with large studios and art collecting organizations were able to buy and enjoy the best artwork.
Today the definition of art has become much more open to everyone and artists no longer have to worry about paying so much money to be seen in a gallery. This allows more artists to create quality artwork that can be enjoyed by anyone. As technology continues to advance the way that art is created, the definition of art will continue to change and improve. More people are choosing to have online galleries and photo sharing websites where they can view and purchase art instead of paying so much money to attend art galleries and speak with an artist directly.
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