Art Theory

Art theory is an area of study that works to determine the reason that human beings create art. For over 25,000 years humans have been creating artistic pieces for a variety of reasons, most of which have been lost to the distant past. Several theories of why humans create art have been written about since the ancient Greeks. This page is designed to introduce you to the concept of art theories, but it is up to you to decide for yourself whether they hold any validity.

One of the first recorded theories of art was put forward by the Greek philosopher Aristotle. Aristotle claimed that art was an imitation of nature because as children we learn best through imitation and it was only natural for us to "delight in works of imitation." Aristotle presented three methods for classifying art based on his idea that art was a form of imitation of nature which you may read more about here.

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