The context in which the idea of an art work was conceived, is made perceptible by its form. They are each inseparable, and together have the potential to transform our world.
Art enables man to comprehend reality, and not only helps him to bear it but
increases his determination to make it more human and worthy of humankind.
Ernst Fischer, Origins of Art
The work of art has been compared to the opening of a window out on the world
We can stand and stare out of that window or we can go beyond the immediate view to understand why and how we see what is there.
Arnold Hauser, Sociology of Art