Do You Think You Know What ‘Beauty’ Means?

Sometimes I think I’m more confused now about the process of being moved by art and real scenes in life than I was before I started this blog.  Not long ago.  I know I’ve been moved by art and visual moments in real life for years.  Now after writing down some thoughts and some ways of looking at this topic, it’s expanding and connecting to places I didn’t expect. So now what?

Maybe the next step should be to find a definition of ‘beauty’.  What do you think beauty means?  Let’s see what a dictionary says.

Definition of ‘beauty’:

The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestation (as shape, color, sound, etc.) a design or pattern or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest). 

A beautiful thing, as a work of art or building

A beautiful person.


I like this definition of ‘beauty’ in that it offers the emotions of ‘intense pleasure and deep satisfaction to the mind’ in response to a work of art or shape or color among other things.  I would like to add to this definition of ‘intense pleasure and deep satisfaction to the mind’  and to the heart.  This broadens the mental and emotional response that could be possible.  And it makes it that much more interesting.

Does this mean that everyone will agree on what’s beautiful?

I think you know the answer to this question, or at least many may agree that ‘no, not everyone will agree on the appeal of a work of art’. We’re all so wonderfully different that the old time saying, beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ really says it all. Some art has a broader appeal and other maybe less so, but on a wider scale it’s possible to see that there are very different art pieces that appeal to different people.

So, did you find this month a work of art or scene from real life that gave you intense pleasure or deep satisfaction in mind or in heart?  If not, did you find this past month a work of art or scene from real life that gave you some satisfaction or some pleasure?  Can you be aware from time to time this month of your surroundings and the scenes that are there or art work in galleries or on walls in coffee shops or public buildings or in magazines?  There might be a surprise there.

So in this post we explored a beginning definition of beauty and the concept of ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’.

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