In the Eye of the Beholder


Today I saw a simple picture online, and I thought about something. I thought about beauty.

Beauty is not something we can define by rigid criteria. It refuses to be categorised. In his History of Beauty, Umberto Eco compares the Mona Lisa to Cameron Diaz as products of different times and different ways of conceiving the subjective idea of beauty.

Philosopher David Hume once said

Beauty in things exists merely in the mind which contemplates them

Writer Margaret Wolfe Hungerford expressed it in a very elegant way:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Aesthetics discipline is an attempt to make beauty scientifically dissectable, but can we really define beauty?

Are we artists working to fabricate beauty?

I don’t think so.

I believe in what Confucius said a long time ago:

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it

Artists try to see what others don’t, or what they forgot to see. Art is a way to see beauty.

Can you see it here?


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