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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: April 2020

Seven - Meaning on the Move? Mobility and Creativity

Summary

In the opening chapter we broached the question of not only how creativity works but also why. It was argued that our method, a developmental approach centred on scaffolding, could offer both description and explanation. We phrased this in terms of combining the strengths of Verstehen on the one hand and Erklären on the other; and in terms of a medium-viscosity approach that could steer between thick and thin description. In the intervening chapters, however, we have mostly focused on the how – that is to say, how different art processes work, and how meaning emerges in the making. Now, in this final chapter, it is time to give some thought to the why. To what extent can we explain the creativity of Aegean Bronze Age art?