Golden Eyes: A Brief History of Decorative Understanding by Alex Estorick

Lectures  /  CriticalThinking  /  26 Feb 2020
Published: 20.01.2020

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For centuries, decorative arts have been considered separately from fine art, with museums continuing to display functional, 'applied' arts apart from those of primarily aesthetic consideration. Yet art's contemporary meaning has always depended on its decorative appearance. Proof of this lies in the almost uncanny similarity between the language employed in the 9th century to discuss Byzantine mosaics and that used to explain modernist paintings in the 20th.