KNOW THE VALUE OF ART?
A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness - Joan Miro "
Do you know what is ranked the most expensive record in any auction? The most expensive car, house, jewel or art? It is the art that is sold as the most prestigious item of any auction. Although art can be purchased for money, you can not justify its value in money terms. The value of art is beyond its materialistic approach because it carries so much meaning. What is the most prestigious thing in which families take the honor to pass onto the next generation? Art is something that has been the main focus of mankind from the very start of civilization.
The value of art is not monetary. Art is actually priceless. It does not carry a measurable price. Its value lies in the creation, and in its ability to reflect a culture. Art can define the highest values of culture, a society, and an era.
Certain art works cannot be valued in monetary terms. Once Winston Churchill was asked to sell the painting of the National Gallery to meet the war expenses. His reply was epic as he replied: “Then what are we fighting for?”
Value is an abstract term that can refer to anything related to art like the worth of artwork or the monetary value of paintings. When artists talk about the value of art, they refer to the sentimental, cultural, aesthetic, ritualistic, and emotional importance of the masterpieces. There are no hard and fast rules for the measurement of art. In fact, the value of art is a subjective entity and open to millions of interpretations.
You might be appreciating the Sand Mandala, but this masterpiece holds the history of the creation and destruction of Tibetan Buddhism. 'The Last Supper' by Leonardo is considered a technical disaster, yet it represents the defining moment of Christian history and is recognized as a religious treasure of immeasurable value. Not to mention, countries are fighting legal battles to bring back their stolen artworks.
There is something extraordinary about art that cannot be defined with dollars or euros.
Denise Marie Stoot