imitationalism

   An aesthetic theory of art which places emphasis on the literal qualities. According to this theory, the most important thing about a work of art is the realistic representation of subject matter. A work is considered successful if it looks like and reminds the audience of what is seen in the real world. Also see appropriation, copy, counterfeit, emotionalism, forgery, formalism, homage, likeness, and simulacrum.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • emotionalism —    An aesthetic and critical theory of art which places emphasis on the expressive qualities. According to this theory, the most important thing about a work of art is the vivid communication of moods, feelings, and ideas. Also see audience,… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • formalism —    An aesthetic and critical theory of art which places emphasis on form the structural qualities instead of either content (sometimes called literal or allegorical qualities) or contextual qualities. According to this point of view, the most… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • literal qualities —    The realistic presentation of subject matter in an artwork, along with the elements of art found in it; avoiding distortions, exaggerations, or embellishments. This aesthetic quality is favored by imitationalism. In describing a work, one… …   Glossary of Art Terms


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