Whether past or present, the world and all its activity is constantly viewed in relation to man. Thus, to himself, man seems the center of the whole cosmos. His endeavors all through the ages, in their many aspects, give us a perspective of mankind. One of these aspects, in our highly sophisticated civilization, is art.The first analysis sees art as something of the imagination, which is one of the functions of the mind. In order to get any idea of art and its purpose, therefore, we must have a general understanding of the mind and the imagination, and how they operate.