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1. Term

Beauty (Anglo-French beute, Old French biauté, Vulgar Latin bellitas from Latin bellus, “pretty, charming”; compare German Schönheit; Greek kállos; also Latin pulchritudo) denotes the quality of an object that elicits pleasure in the viewer. The phenomenon includes the natural beauty found, for instance, in landscapes and bodies, and the artificial beauty created in the fine arts. The…

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Chapuis-Després, Stéphanie, “Beauty”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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