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Section CV Analysis of Symbolic art This section starts with Hegel explaining how when the Idea of the divine caused Art- Symbolic Art to be specific due to the Idea being undeveloped and indefinite results in Symbolic Art being merely an effort to understand and transfer the mental concept of the Idea into a true to life representation to basically try to transfer the Idea from the realm of the Mind into the realm of the world Symbolic Art is the effort and striving of the Idea for expression It is rather a mere search after plastic portrayal It can be concluded therefore that Hegel didnt believe that Symbolic Art even partially succeeded in its aim of representation It could be argued that for example the Egyptian would have been amply satisfied with their version of the Ideal representation of their concept of the Idea of the Divine could have been sufficient through the use of animal characteristics Their level of thinking and interpretation was at a level whereby symbolic Art fulfilled the representation adequately ie their Mind filtered the shapes and sensuous matter of Symbolic Art causing contemplation and understanding of the Idea resulting in even slight comprehension of the Absolute Spirit Although by our more developed standards we can suggest that the Idea is in fact restricted and belittled by trying to access it through animal imagery but even in this modern day and age the weird and stupendous shapes of Symbolic Art still exist for example the representation of Hindu God and Godesses such as Hanuman the Monkey God and Ganesh who is a half Elephant and half-human God If Symbolic Art had been such a failure then it would have become obsolete after the perfection and the transcendent nature of Classical and Romantic Art The problem with Symbolic Art arises according to Hegel because the Idea has its outward shape external to itself meaning that the Idea has not
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