Subjectivity and Objectivity in Art

Understanding the gap between personal and public responses to art

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Mr and Mrs Andrews (c. 1750) by Thomas Gainsborough. National Gallery, London. Source Wikimedia Commons

An ethical aspect

One of the reasons this is a dilemma is because almost everything that counts as a description of a work of art carries a moral dimension to it.

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Mr and Mrs Andrews (c. 1750) by Thomas Gainsborough. National Gallery, London. Source Wikimedia Commons

The flux of ideas

What I hope the above example shows is that works of art contain a dual aspect, capable of being read from a subjective perspective and from a perspective that includes the relevant historical conditions — and that both readings may come to have a bearing on each other.

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