The prevailing Eurocentric idea of beauty has various results on different cultures. Classical philosophy and sculptures of women and men produced according to the Greek philosophers’ tenets of perfect human beauty have been rediscovered in Renaissance Europe, resulting in a re-adoption of what became often recognized as a “classical ideal”. During the Gothic era, the classical aesthetical canon of beauty was rejected as sinful.
- Later, Renaissance and Humanist thinkers rejected this view, and regarded beauty to be the product of rational order and harmonious proportions.
- One important distinction in this context is the distinction between pure and combined pleasure.
- This is despite beauty being a central concern of considered one of postmodernism’s major influences, Friedrich Nietzsche, who argued that the Will to Power was the Will to Beauty.
- On the one hand, we speak about beauty as an objective function of the world that is ascribed, for example, to landscapes,