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Commonplaces: Mimesis, Beauty and Chastity

Commonplaces come from commonplace books which were popular and used for studying in The Middle Ages and the Renaissance. They were collections of excerpts from different books organized and arranged in some way. The fragments I’ve chosen here present different views on art. There are quotes from Plato, Oscar Wilde, Ai Weiwei, Lars von Trier´s Dogma 95, and Andy Goldsworthy. Mimesis, basic theoretical principle in the creation of art. The word is Greek and means “imitation” (though in the sense of “re-presentation” rather than of “copying”). Plato and Aristotle spoke of mimesis as the re-presentation of nature.  ᔥhttp://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/383233/mimesis Which is the art of painting designed to be—an imitation of things as they are, or as they appear—of appearance or of reality? Of appearance. Then the imitator, I said, is a long way off the truth, and can do all things because he lightly touches on small part of them, and that part an image. ᔥPlato The Republic, iBooks, Translated by Benjamin Jowett Art never expresses anything but itself. It has an independent life, just as …