The State of Beauty IV (Ananada K. Coomaraswamy)


(Notes, or thread of expressions from the text)
 
… the true critic (rasika) is able to decide which works of art are beautiful (rasavant) and which are not… the conception of beauty and the adjective ‘beautiful’ belong exclusively to aesthetic, and should only be used in aesthetic judgment… only when we judge a work of art aesthetically may we speak of the presence or abcence of beauty… error… the type of sentimentality which regards the useful, the stimulating and the moral element in works o art as essential… to speak of a work of art as good or bad with reference to its aesthetic quality (only)… the sole quality (for rasa)…, an aesthetic intuition… then the internal expression of this intuition – the true creation or vision of beauty… (then) external signs (language) to communicate it… then the stimulation of the rasika to reproduction of the original intuition, or of some approximation to it… Beauty can never be measured, for it does not exist apart from the artist himself and the rasika who enters into his experience.   (to be completed tomorrow)
  (mañana n español)

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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