Susanne Katherina Langer (born on 20 December 1895) was an American philosopher of art, who said that:
“Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature.” (1)
“Art is the creation of forms symbolic of human feeling.” (2)
Langer thought that the ability to use symbols underlies all human knowing and understanding and it is what distinguishes us from animals. While animal life is dominated by feeling, human feeling is mediated by conceptions, symbols, and language.
As for the language, she believed that “The notion of giving something a name is the vastest generative idea that ever was conceived” (3)
(1) L’arte è l’oggettivazione del sentimento e la soggettivazione della natura.
(2) L’arte è la creazione di forme simboliche del sentimento umano.
(3) L’idea di dare un nome a qualcosa è l’idea generativa più vasta mai concepita.