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Classical aesthetics - Mimetic Sense

Write a short paper about a piece of art. It could be a building, sculpture, painting, or other work. It may come from any period as long as it fits the principles of Classical aesthetics. Attach a picture of the art to your paper.
1. Provide a short background of the artist, or architect in some cases; the location of the piece of art presently; the year it was created; and any other relevant background information.
2. Explain why the art would be classified as Classical. Using the lecture, point out specific characteristics that make it Classical. Use the terms used in the lecture and support your claims with evidence.
3. What moral lesson or other message does the art represent or teach?
4. Is it Classical in the mimetic sense, or in other ways such as its sense of balance and symmetry?

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Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburg, PA. in 1928. He dropped the 'a' from his last name later in his life when he got credited for his work mistakenly as Warhol, so, he kept it. In his early years, he graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and moved to New York where he began focusing on his artwork. He caught his first break in 1949 when Glamour magazine approached him about illustrating an article called "Success is a Job in New York" (Stanley, 2007).

By the mid 1950's, Warhol was becoming well known for his artwork and he had New York artists copying his work regularly. His trademark was to create images out of ink with slight color changes within his images. Another characteristic of Warhol's work is that he focused on popular people, items, or ideas of the specific time. He painted soup cans, celebrities, and started a series of short films that were focused on time and repetition. One of his famous films in the 60's was the classic "The Chelsea Girls" (Stanley, 2007).

In 1967, Warhol was focusing his art on important social issues as well and this was represented in his piece he painted in that year called "Big Electric Chair". This piece is a unique Warhol classic because it displayed his dabbling into a darker mindset than his normal approach to what he observed and painted. Big ...

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The classical aesthetics of mimetic senses are given.