Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

We should distinguish between the beautiful on the one hand and the lovely, i.e., loveable or likeable, on the other, bearing in mind that “the beautiful is not just what we like, for there are some who like deformities.”

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Originally published in The Art Bulletin, Vol. 21, No. 4 (Dec., 1939), pp. 375-382. Republished here with thanks.