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Power of Art

1. Paintings
Art and Love is mans greatest gift.

Art, like any other form of communication,

reflects the intention as well as vision or
genius of the creator.
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.

Leonardo Da Vinci
Salvador Dal

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 art in our lives.
Tolstoy's 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; Botticelli
2. Cheerlessness with which the feeling is transmitted;
3. Sincerity of the artist.
Art is an adventure into an unknown Goya
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, however by
integration body and soul,
sense of wholeness can be
achieved. Beauty can also be
irresistible 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
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
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
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.

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

Looking at Art
3. Architecture

Architecture is frozen music.

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 our

Catherines palace
St. Petersburg
Noble life demands
a noble architecture Gaudi
for noble uses
of noble men.
Lack of culture
means what it has
always meant:
ignoble civilization
and, therefore,
imminent downfall.
Our experience in great
cathedrals is a special
awe. Our experience can
combine a number of
arts simultaneously:
Music, Sculpture,
Paintings as well as
Spatial Design.
Park Gull, Barcelona
Older cultures seem always to have known
practicality of beauty. That which is without
beauty quickly deteriorates.
St Basil's church
in Moscow
Schoenbrunn castle
Colosseum- Roma
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
4. Music
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
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Antonn DVOK

After silence that which comes nearest

to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Johann Sebastian Bach Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The energy of classical music has a very positive impact

on learning capacities and increases level of consciousness
Chopin Puccini

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...