Knowledge In Art

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What counts as knowledge in the Arts? Discuss by comparing with another area of knowledge. “Art is a human activity, whose purpose is the transmission of the highest and best feelings to which men have attained.”, quoted Leo Tolstoy(1828-1920) to highlight the unique abilities of Arts of different from other areas of knowledge such as the Sciences. Three criteria differentiate Arts from Sciences: intention, quality and response. In this sense, art is essentially a deliberate man-made endeavor, intended to move spectators. The major knowledge issue that is explored in this essay is based on the knowledge claim that any piece of art work is essentially an invention versus any scientific finding that is discovered. First it is essential to investigate to what extent is a definition of artistic knowledge based on the artist’s intentions?What is it that makes natural scenic beauty different from a painting that has an aesthetic appeal. For example, a painting that replicates a pastoral setting with green pastures, a shepherd tending to cattle is different from the real Prairies. Can we call the Prairies a work of God’s artistic abilities? Since the grasslands are naturally found, they cease to be a work of art. However, the intention of an artist to think, memorize, reproduce or create an image that endorses the painting as a work of art. But, in this sense, everything with an intention should be called as an artistic endeavor. For instance, a teacher wishes to communicate the idea of parallelism to a student and draws two straight lines along the opposite edges of the whiteboard or a flip-chart. We cannot deem this piece of drawing as a work of art even though the drawing was a deliberate attempt to convey a meaning. So, art requires ... ... middle of paper ... ...ically believed that arts relies on emotions more than reason, the existence of standard formats for drawing, painting or singing shatters the myth that the use of logical reasoning is minimal in arts. The vocal exercises that a potential singer has to practice are based on scientific findings and research conducted by scientists and artists. In this sense, arts and science can be considered as two sides of the same coin, displaying complementary roles and functions. To conclude, arts and Sciences are mutually interdependent in promoting knowledge as they share the key goal to promote knowledge and education. Both these areas of knowledge use both formats and content to resolve the debate between universality and individuality. The individual methodologies may differ, but the overall goal to better the quality of human life is shared by both the areas of knowledge.
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