Published online by Cambridge University Press: 23 March 2011
By what standards should we judge works of art from another culture or era? We are generally used to the idea that understanding the meaning of an image requires consideration of its distinctive context—literary, religious, social, and so on. Evaluating the quality of a work of art is another specific case of this broad dilemma of understanding. Do we evaluate good and bad images by the “proper” criteria and in the way that is appropriate to them?