Is Beauty Just a Matter of Form?
For many people, beauty is a matter of form. But is beauty just a physical feature? In Santayana’s account, beauty is an objective concept that takes precedence over particular Forms. It is a quality of the object itself, and not its appearance. In this way, it is more like a feeling than a physical characteristic. If you want to know what makes something beautiful, read on for more insight. But do we really understand what it means to be beautiful.
To understand the meaning of beauty, it’s helpful to think about beauty as a plural term, with varying weights depending on the work in question. In general, beauty refers to value in contrast to the appearance of something that may be regarded as pretty or orthodox. It also suggests that a work should not have any bizarre elements. This is important because, if it is beautiful, it is a great work. If it doesn’t have a unique character, it cannot be considered beautiful.
Traditionally, beauty has been associated with an idealized female subject. The idealized female body has been the dominant image of beauty in the Western imagination. But, in the twentieth century, female consciousness began to gain a critical edge. The term “beautiful” was associated with the erotic and objectivist gaze. However, the definition of beauty has changed. The concept of beauty has been a subject of scientific study for many years.