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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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The serendipity of art

The serendipity of art

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(p.180) Chapter 10 The serendipity of art
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The Aesthetic Brain
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Anjan Chatterjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.003.0026

Reproducing a beautiful scene, like the bay of Palma, does not automatically make great art. Most photographs or paintings of beautiful scenes, like beach sunsets, look trite. This volume has noted that aesthetics and art are different. We have aesthetic responses to any number of objects that need not be art objects. Art objects arouse reactions that can be pleasurable, but they need not be. Even though most people associate beauty with art, art need not be beautiful. Often, it is not.

Keywords:   art, aesthetics, beauty, pleasure

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