For the Cynics, the purpose of life is to live in virtue , in agreement with nature. As reasoning creatures, people can gain happiness by rigorous training and by living in a way which is natural for themselves, rejecting all conventional desires for wealth, power, sex, and fame. Instead, they were to lead a simple life free from all possessions. The first philosopher to outline these themes was Antisthenes , who had been a pupil of Socrates in the late 5th century BC. He was followed by Diogenes , who lived in a pot on the streets of Athens. He was followed by Crates of Thebes , who gave away a large fortune so he could live a life of Cynic poverty in Athens.
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The Western canon is the body of Western literature , European classical music , philosophy, and works of art that represents the high culture of Europe and North America: The Bible , a product of ancient Jewish culture, from western Asia, has been a major force in shaping Western culture , and "has inspired some of the great monuments of human thought, literature, and art". The canon of books has been fairly stable, although it has expanded to include more women and racial minorities , while the canons of music and the visual arts have greatly expanded to cover the Middle Ages and subsequent centuries once largely overlooked. But some examples of newer media such as cinema have attained a precarious position in the canon.
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Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center ARC , a c 3 , non-profit, educational foundation, hosts the largest online museum dedicated to realist art and includes works by the old masters, 19 th century, and contemporary realists as well as articles , letters and other online resources. The ARC also runs the ARC Salon Competition , which is the largest and most prestigious competition in the western world for realist artists painting, sculpting, and drawing today with nine categories and thousands of works competing, culminating in a traveling live exhibition of many of the winning works. Ross, to learn why ARC is so passionately dedicated to realist based art. John paints almost exclusively in acrylic, working on canvas or panel. His style is unique, consisting in thin underpainting and thicker finishes, rich pigments, glazes, scumbles and attention to detail.