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Maesonna

Nov 19, 2013, 4:05 PM

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Re: [tashby] Artes Plásticas

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Let me attempt to explain the “why”. The words “art” and “arte” are an example of words that basically mean the same thing, and yet in general usage, cover sets of different scope.

In English, if someone is said to be an “artist” the first thing you think of is that they are a creator of visual art — likely a person who paints, draws, creates collages, fabric art, sculptures, etc. — unless there is further context to say that they are a performer (actor, musician), or, less likely, an entertainer.

In Spanish, the first meaning for “artista” is generally “entertainer” (singer, performer, popular actor, etc.) If they are a creator of visual art, they will more likely be referred to specifying their art; they are a pintor, escultor, etc. as the case may be.

The point is that “arte” in Spanish generally refers to “art” in a wider sense than we most often use it in English. Thus to be specific, if you are talking about the visual arts (what we often call simply “art” in English), you need to be more specific and call it artes plásticas to make it clear what you are referring to. As a specific example, in school we have a subject called Art; in Spanish it’s Artes Plásticas.

(This post was edited by Maesonna on Nov 19, 2013, 4:10 PM)


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