Mimesis (Ancient Greek: μίμησις, from μιμεῖσθαι 'to imitate') is a critical and philosophical term that carries a wide range of meanings, which include: imitation, representation, mimicry, imitatio, nonsensuous similarity, the act of resembling, the act of expression, and the presentation of the self. Mimesis has been theorised by Plato, Aristotle, Philip Sidney, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin,Theodor Adorno, Erich Auerbach, Luce Irigaray, René Girard, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Michael Taussig, Merlin Donald, Paul Ricoeur, and Homi Bhabha.
Art is broken down, and analyzed through the texts of various philosophers. The philosophers theories used throughout the text range from those of ancient origins, to those who have been alive within the last hundred or so years. The notion that art can be experienced on many different levels is spoken of throughout the article. The author makes an excellent reference to dante at one point in the article referencing the levels in which art is viewed.