Questions for Ashley’s Article on Archaic Art and Chinese Painting

1. On p. 134 of the article, what does Webster mean by the term “spirit-resonance”? How does an artwork contain “spirit-resonance”?

2. Webster mentions that in Ancient Greek and Chinese times “drawing and writing are far closer than they are to-day.” (P.131). What does this mean in terms to creating the significance of a piece of art?

3. Do you agree with Webster’s argument for substitution instead of representation in art? Which is more important in rendering a great work?


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