Was Michelangelo an artistic genius? Of course, but he was also born in the right place at the right time; pre-Renaissance, Western artists got little individual credit for their work. And in many non-Western cultures, traditional forms have always been prized over innovation. So, where do we get our notions of art vs. craft? In this lesson for TED-Ed, I trace the history of how we assign value to the visual arts.
Is there a difference between art and craft, and if so, what is it? I welcome your thoughts on this hot topic!
The original TED-Ed lesson can be found here.