The Concept of Beauty in Different Cultures


Although the concept of beauty originated in the Western world, there are many other cultures that have their own ideas about how to measure beauty. Some cultures consider beauty to be the result of a process by which art gives pleasure to the senses. Others believe beauty is subjective and should not be imposed on others by art critics. Either way, there is a conflict between individual taste and what is generally accepted as beautiful. Let’s look at some of these cultures and the concepts that they attribute to beauty.

First of all, beauty is subjective and can be defined in many ways. According to Confucius, beauty should promote virtuous traits and thus help build a harmonious society. Friedrich Schiller considered aesthetic appreciation the perfect reconciliation of the rational and sensual aspects of human nature. Despite the various definitions of beauty, the common thread of beauty is that it reflects the artist’s personality and is subjective to the viewer. While defining beauty, art must be made accessible and be able to be enjoyed by people.

Throughout history, scientists have attempted to define beauty by analyzing its origins and meaning. While some people are color-blind, others have normal vision and are able to perceive colors as different hues. Other conditions, such as jaundice, cause a yellow cast to the world around them. These differences in color perception are apparent in the experience of beauty, as well. In the same way, the concept of beauty has evolved to reflect these differences.