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Rayonnant rose window in Notre Dame de Paris. In Gothic architecture, light was considered the most beautiful revelation of God.

Beauty is the quality of being pleasing, especially to look at, or someone or something that gives great pleasure, especially when looking at it.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The conception for beauty is used or studied in art, sociology, social psychology, and culture. An "ideal beauty" is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection.

The experience of "beauty" often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder."<ref name="phrase">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

There is evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined, that things, aspects of people and landscapes considered beautiful are typically found in situations likely to give enhanced survival of the perceiving human's genes.<ref>The Oxford Handbook for Aesthetics</ref><ref>Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty | Video on</ref>

Beauty sections
Intro   Name    Ancient Egypt  Ancient Greek  The Age of Reason  The Romantic period  The 20th century and after  Human beauty  Effects on society  Ugliness  See also  References  External links