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Rational Engagement with Michelangelo’s David

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Running head: ARCHITECTUREArt and Architecture: Michelangelo’s DavidStudent NameUniversity nameAuthor Note
ARCHITECTURE“Rational engagement with Michelangelo’s David allows the viewer to effectivelyengage with and fully understand this work of art.”IntroductionThe rational engagement with art enables the spectators to see the art work under theinternal light of harmonious spirit. The rational use of art offers an organic and temporary servicethat satisfies the eternal thirst. Bacon compared rationalists with spiders that “spin all out of theirown substance” (Bacon 2014). However there is a contradiction between the aesthetics of artwith the rational appreciation. The aesthetics welcomes the perception based sensitive cognition;the word aesthetic comes from a Greek word aisthetos that means perceptible and sensitive.Rational Engagement in the light of Post modernist PhilosophiesWhile discussing the philosophy of art, Baumgarten explains that when knowledge isconcerned it is the rational one that holds much higher position than emotional one (Nakamura2014). Philosopher Immanuel Kant suggested that viewer’s judgment towards a work of artgenerally is subjective and the whether a piece of art is beautiful is primarily the viewer’ssubjective experience (Benoît 2016). However it is not just the subjective feeling there is alsorational engagement embedded. Animals lack this rational engagement with any object.Descartes suggested that the senses could not be subordinated to the intellect if the rationale isnot provided (Vibbert 2013).
ARCHITECTURERational Engagement with DavidThe rational engagement is the engagement with a work of art beyond emotionalinvolvement or appreciation. The viewer develops his or her understanding based on the logicand reason behind the work of art. The middle ages of art did not have the rationalism from thehistorical perspective and it was more prone towards expressionism. According to the “Story ofArt” the feelings were valued more than logic during the Middle Ages (Gombrich 2014).However the Medieval Greek architecture valued and incorporated more the ancientmathematical principles and at the later stage of the period the reasons started to reflect upon thework of other painters. In Giotto’s fresco painting the perspective painting techniques gotcoupled with depth cueing (Lubow 2015). Another painter Masaccio directly combined strictmathematics rules with perspective paintings. Brunelleschi applied linear perspective theory inthe architectural art where he amalgamated Gothic style with classical building structures. Therenaissance painting and idealism came under light again in the work of Michelangelo. Daviddemonstrates the application of reason with the reflection of expression of ideas rather thanemotion.
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