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This blog has occasionally considered applying a numerical measure of beauty to a work of art. Even the thought of doing that has greatly offended my friends who are practicing artists. When I presented my flu snot in the sink to them they were disgusted and very annoyed with me for calling it beautiful. And yet, my written statement beneath the image did appeal to them.

“An image of a thing isn’t the reality of the thing portrayed! It is a visual representation of something conceived by the creator. I present this image as a challenge to re-view the reality that exists around us all the time. Each reality has its own unique relationship to beauty. It has been said that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” and many will find that image disgusting, but I say,

‘Beauty is in the mind of one who is presently perceiving a new reality.’”

Derived from the original post – Nothing special today except for this thing.


Can the following ideas associated with beauty be measured and given a numerical value? Can they be measured on the Proba #30 template or something similar?

I have been working on a list of qualities that include, EMOTION, THOUGHT, INVENTIVE, ARTISTICALLY AGGRESSIVE, RISKY, CLEAR, DISTINCT, CULTURALLY ASTUTE, MOTIVATIONAL, RARITY, SALES VALUE. –

A second batch of thoughts. Is this work an example of a specific culture, a characteristic of an artist, an exploring of the limits of new world views? Is it pushing the boundary of humanly conceivable realities?


From – The Met – https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1979.206.1134/

I see this piece from 12th–9th century B.C. Mesoamerica as filled with excellent representations of the qualities listed above.

This beautifully crafted child fits perfectly into Olmec visual culture and nowhere else.