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01.12.2021

Christmas essay about what beauty is

Christmas essay about what beauty is

Medieval philosophy knew the so-called basic characteristics of every being. According to this philosophical concept, everything that exists is unique, good, true and beautiful. We know what it means to be unique or to be original. We know what good means. We also know what is true. These are all more or less clear categories. But what is beauty? Can we consider it as a universal category? Today, therefore, we want to offer you a little reflection on how we at Natalis perceive beauty and why it is important to us.

WHAT IS BEAUTY?

Sure, someone would say it's simple: beautiful is what I like. And, of course, we know that everyone can like something different. Is it even possible to speak of beauty as a universal value? Even as a basic characteristic of every being?

If we look at the etymology, we find that the word beautiful has in many languages ​​(for example in English, Spanish, French or Italian) its origin in the Latin word bellum (nice), which, however, was a diminutive of the word bonum (good). Thus, we also see a clear connection between beauty and good in etymology.

Different definitions of beauty throughout history

Let us now look at how different thinkers perceived the concept of beauty. How did they define this term? What was beautiful according to them? And what did beauty really mean to them? Let's start in the past - before our era. According to the famous philosopher Socrates, what is appropriate is beautiful. Philosophers called sophists considered what is pleasing to our sight or hearing to be beautiful. The Pythagoreans, of course, perceived beauty as order, symmetry, harmony. According to them, beauty even depended on the structure, and the complete ideal was when it could be expressed in numbers or measures. According to Xenophon, what is optimally fulfilling its purpose is beautiful. Xenophon points out that a sensory understanding of beauty is not enough, because expediency is fulfilled in morality. So, Xenophon, as we see, combines beauty and goodness. In terms of beauty, Plato distinguishes between timeless and changeable. According to him, what comes closer to the absolute idea of ​​beauty is beautiful, while recognising aesthetic, ethical and noetic beauty. Plato identifies beauty with good and truth, and their interplay creates harmony. Thus, we see that the mentioned basic characteristics of every being of medieval philosophers have their origin in Plato.

Medieval scholars, as we shall see, followed in the footsteps of antiquity. Albert the Great understands beauty as the radiance of form and Thomas Aquinas perceives as beautiful what we like in the experience of seeing. However, it connects beauty with perfection, harmony and unison. This brightens us up with what is beautiful.

Among modern thinkers we can mention Hegel, according to whom something is beautiful when there is a unity of idea and sensory.

Modern understanding of art: aesthetic does not have to mean nice

At present, we could come across a definition according to which beauty is an intense and positive evaluation of the aesthetic quality of a stimulus, or an experience evoking such attributes. However, especially in modern art, we are seeing a significant shift. We do not only know pleasant feelings in him. Contemporary art sometimes aims to cause regret, faze or moral shock.

HOW DO WE UNDERSTAND THE BEAUTY IN NATALIS?

For us at Natalis, beauty is an important category. We think what is beautiful must uplift and refine the spirit. We agree with the idea that beauty has the potential to shine through. And the ability to fascinate and excite. What causes this ability may, in our view, have to do with the idea of perfection, unison and harmony, as Aquinas thinks.

For example, treat yourself to a detailed view of our luxury decorative plate KALOMIRA. Let the harmony of carefully selected maple wood, gilded with 24 carat gold, complemented by a hand-painted artistic pattern and decorated with cut mountain crystal, impress you!

Or take a look at ABDELKADER. Its dominant feature is a carved statue of a majestic falcon, depicted realistically down to the smallest detail. It is made of carefully selected linden wood and painted with premium quality oil paints. The falcon's eyes are made of precious amber and show strength, majesty and mystery. When you get involved in a dialogue with a work of art, maybe interacting with it will take your breath away and you will just say: That's beautiful!

This is exactly what we want to create in Natalis. For completeness, however, let's imagine the whole product. Because ABDELKADER is a work of art created as a crystal floor lamp on Italian marble base and its chandeliers are made of premium mountain crystals. The colour variety of the crystals incorporated in the lamp creates a pronounced ligature effect. It's truly breath-taking beauty, isn't it?

WHY IS CHRISTMAS BEAUTIFUL?

We speak to you at a time when many are preparing for the Christmas holidays. These are perhaps the most popular family holidays of the year. They evoke feelings of harmony in us and over and over again they can fascinate and excite us. And isn't it true that Christmas radiates a magical atmosphere? Harmony, the ability to inspire and fascinate.The radiance of strong emotions. Isn't it all familiar to you? Yes, Christmas is also about beauty! And they should also be about the beauty hidden inside the human being: a man who can endow his loved one! Give him something, give him a part of yourself.

Dear friends,

we wish you never to stop be fascinated by beauty.

So that you can feel it touch even during the upcoming holiday moments.

And if you decide to be inspired by works of art from our production, we will be honoured.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Natalis Luxus Team