FULCRUM: an annual of poetry and aesthetics
Marcel Proust playing air guitar on a tennis racket. /// Only at FULCRUM: an annual of poetry and aesthetics.
A violin, called the Vieuxtemps and made by the 18th-century Italian luthier Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, fetched over $16m when it was sold to an anonymous buyer in a private deal last year. This makes it the most expensive violin ever sold. Despite the recent economic downturn, instrument prices have continued to rise at remarkable rates http://econ.st/1htLg6T
Reviewed by STEVEN HELLERA survey of new art and design books, from the work of Will Burtin to a history of type design and a primer on the Californian aesthetic.
1 relating to the enjoyment or study of beauty:
The new building has little aesthetic value/appeal.
2 describes an object or a work of art that shows great beauty:
furniture which is both aesthetic and functional
aesthetics, US ALSO esthetics
the formal study of art, especially in relation to the idea of beauty
aesthetically, US ALSO esthetically
I like objects to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
aesthete, US ALSO esthete
a person who understands and enjoys beauty:
The ugliness of the city would make an aesthete like you shudder.
Origin:late 19th century: from French, from luth 'lute'
Literally, 'lute maker', it has become a general term for a maker of violins or other string instruments. Similarly, the derivative 'lutherie' (lute making) has acquired the meaning of instrument making in general.