A Definition of Art

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A Definition of Art

In looking for a good definition of Art one can discover that so many different versions or descriptions exist. Art exists in many different categories which cause the true meaning to be very vast and not really cut and dry like most words in the English language. The definition of Art is very subjective, which will vary by person. According to one source the meaning of Art is as follows; "Although today the word "art" usually refers to the visual arts, the concept of what art is has continuously changed over the centuries. Perhaps the most concise definition is its broadest; art refers to all creative human endeavors, excluding actions directly related to survival and reproduction. From a wide point of perspective, art is simply a generic term for any product of the creative impulse, out of which sprang all other human pursuits such as science via alchemy, and religion via shamanism.

The word "art" comes from the Latin "ars", which loosely means "arrangement" or "to arrange", though in many dictionaries you will simply find it translated as "art". The only universal definition of art is; whatever it was at some point it was arranged in some way." (Wikipedia) Many people argue that art cannot be defined, arguing that with a definition art would be limited in nature. As stated before art is subjective and in each person the definition will vary with opinion. "Art also appeals to human emotions. It can arouse aesthetic or moral feelings, and can be understood as a way of communicating these feelings. Artists have to express themselves so that their public is aroused, but they do not have to so consciously. Art explores both human emotions and ways to arouse them; good art brings something new and original in either...