Measuring the Value of Art

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“One possible way of measuring the value of any art or art form is its timelessness, for people of all nations, all times, all political preferences and religions”- Richard Nelson. The value of art is questionable, different artists all see the world differently; therefore it is safe to say that their idea of value would differ as well. Richard Nelson, an American playwright, believed that art was truly valuable if it managed to last a million life times. He believed that if a piece of art could withstand the hands of time, than that must be a true work of art. He also believed that if that art piece could appeal to all sorts of people, races, nationalities and religions, that it was definitely a master piece. However, there are plenty more other ideas as to what is really the value of art. There is the value of reputation, the skill of the piece, and of the intellectual mind. There is the financial aspect of things, and how much the painting can be sold at. There is the cultural significant to the art piece. At the end of the day however, it is all opinionated, and one man’s treasure is another man’s poison. In other words, a piece of art to one person, could be beautiful and wonderful, but to another, pure and utter insignificant rubbish. I do not believe there is only one definition to the value of art, there are plenty. Personally, I believe that the religious value of art, intrinsic value of art and skill of the artists hand are the most valuable. There are many artworks denoting religious value, Michelangelo’s “The creation of Adam”, and Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last supper” for example. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is an excellent example of the value of skill and Barnett Newman’s “vir heroicus sublimis” would be a good example of the value of intrinsic art, thus being the emotions conveyed the minute you set your eyes on the paintings rather than the other values that might form after a while. In Michelangelo’s “The creation of Adam”, painted on...
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