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What is a definition of the idealized style?

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dee-licios | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM via web

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What is a definition of the idealized style?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 4, 2010 at 12:54 PM (Answer #1)

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The concept of anything being idealized is simple:  there are no blemishes or flaws or faults in something which is idealized.  Somehow, it is above the ordinary.  That can certainly be taken literally, as in a painting of an apple with no flaws or bruises of any kind and a color that is beyond real,  but it's really more than that.

Think about it this way--when someone is in love, especially the first flush of love, it's difficult to see anything but the positives about the loved one. What's more, even those wonderful qualities are seen as near perfection.  Others see the flaws, but the loved one does not.  In art, that can mean deifying a subject--making a god (or goddess) out of a mere mortal. It could be creating an item which is beyond realistic; that's what moves it to the ideal.  For example, almost all paintings of Mary, mother of Jesus, are idealized.  I'm confident you can think of some more examples on your own of artwork in this idealized style.

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