Vasil Goranov painting

Paintings by Vasil Goranov

Vasil Goranov’s classical realism. Vasil Goranov is one of the most recognizable Bulgarian artists on historical themes. The future master of the brush won his first competition only at the age of 4, as his first professional meeting with the world of fine arts took place at the University...
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Lin Ching Che painting

Paintings by Lin Ching Che ( 林經哲 )

Lin Ching Che ( 林經哲 ), is a watercolor artist, a member of the Taiwan International Watercolor Association, a full member of the China Asia-Pacific Watercolor Art Association, graduated from the Fine Arts Institute of Taiwan Normal University.
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István Sándorfi painting

Paintings by István Sándorfi

István Sándorfi (In France Étienne Sandorfi, born 12 June 1948 in Budapest, Hungary, died 26 December 2007 in Paris, France) was a Hungarian hyperrealist painter.
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Shawn Mackey painting

Paintings by Shawn Mackey

Shawn Mackey was born on August 11, 1984 in Edmonton, Canada. Growing up in the long cold winters of Canada, he had ample time to draw and let his creativity flourish. Mackey’s parents, who were both teachers, would bring home boxes of scrap photocopy paper for him to draw...
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Kuan Yin-Goddess of Mercy

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Idealism and Theory of the Forms


Idealism and Theory of the Forms

One of the questions that has faced and continues to face some of the philosophers of the world is ‘What is reality?’ Plato addresses this question in his doctrine, the Theory of Forms. In an attempt to answer this question, he explains what the Forms are and how they affect the way the world is observed. These so-called Forms are the basis of the reality we perceive. The question one must ask him or her self is what are these forms, where do they come from, and how do they affect us as a society.’ A Platonic Form (Idea) is not a thought in someone’s mind but something that exists per se as an immutable part of the structure of reality.’

Allegory of the cave
This statement is the foundation of Plato’s philosophy. He believed that besides the material world we live in and of which we experience; there is another world, an eternal world of concepts, or Forms. This eternal world is more real than the world we experience through the senses (or Empirical knowledge – knowledge based on our senses), and it is the object of knowledge, pure knowledge, not opinion. What Plato means by the Forms is that they are the essential archetypes of things, having an eternal existence, apprehended by the mind, not the senses, for it is the mind that beholds “real existence, colorless, formless, and intangible, they are behind the way we see the world. In other words, they control the images and ideas that are presented to us.

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