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Robes of The Jedi

The Jedi may not have had a strict dress code, but the traditional robes worn by Masters such as Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi were often what many adopted. While there is no current account on what a Jedi normally kept in their closet, one might assume that there wasn’t much of a closet to speak of, especially when it came to the Jedi that chose to stay traditional.

The outer cloak of the Jedi, as well as the cut of their sleeves, hung loosely for ease in combat, but stayed fitted and secured to the torso to keep functionality in tact—nobody wants their robes flying off in the middle of a battle, after all.

Lascaux Cave paintings

Art and Beauty: A Marital History

Art and beauty have a peculiar kind of relationship and have been uneasily coupled since perhaps the beginning of human history. This close relationship received its most formal expression with the 18th century aestheticians. But art and beauty have always been separable, as the 20th century demonstrated, even if the extent of their separability has been exaggerated. Art always occupies a time and space in our four-dimensional world, but beauty occupies a place somewhere in the excitement of our brains, and we as a species still crave art that excites in this way.

Art nowadays is coupled with fashion, and the ideals of beauty, we have discovered, are not so much in our culture as in our heads, innate features of the human mind that have some strict hardwiring toward health and safety but which allow for a lot of variation in our local ecologies.


What is Aesthetics?

Aesthetics is the philosophical branch of inquiry concerned with beauty, art and perception. From its philosophic roots in ancient Greece, where thinkers like Socrates and Plato considered the inherent meaning and beauty of things, aesthetics is also used to refer to the critique of art and design.

The word—aesthetics—derives from the ancient Greek word aisthanomai, which means perception by the senses. As such, it is used in modern English as a noun, in the sense that something can appeal to the senses. Since the meaning of the word relies upon sensory perception, its definition is fluid, varying through time, and it is subjective, differing between people and cultures.

The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh, 1889

A Story of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night

With his bright sunflowers, searing wheat fields and blazing yellow skies, Vincent van Gogh was fanatic about light. “Oh! that beautiful midsummer sun here,” he wrote to the painter Émile Bernard in 1888 from the south of France. “It beats down on one’s head, and I haven’t the slightest doubt that it makes one crazy. But as I was so to begin with, I only enjoy it.”

Van Gogh was also enthralled with night, as he wrote to his brother Theo that same year: “It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day… The problem of painting night scenes and effects on the spot and actually by night interests me enormously.”