To Understand Art, Think Biology

To Understand Art, Think Biology
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An artwork is a living organism. If you visually break down a work of art into its various components and systems, you will begin to understand how each of its elements functions and how those elements work together in harmony, just as you would if you were learning gross anatomy or dissecting a body. In this way, you can begin to see not just what an artwork looks like, but how it's structured, what its elements and systems do, how they interrelate, and how they contribute to the life of the artwork as a whole.

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