Late 19th century art movement, involving art, literature and the decorative arts and dedicated to ‘art for art’s sake’. Followers of the Aesthetic movement felt that art could exist purely for visual reasons, free of narrative or moral purpose.
Reference: Walter Hamilton, The Aesthetic Movement in England, Reeves & Turner, London, 1882.
In relation to an original work by an identifiable artist, eg ‘a copy after Sir Edward Burne-Jones’. By direct imitation or through another medium such as photography or engraving.