Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Art Scents – Exploring the Aesthetics of Smell and the Olfactory Arts - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Art Scents: Exploring the Aesthetics of Smell and the Olfactory Arts

Larry Shiner


This book offers an overview of the aesthetic and ethical issues raised by the contemporary olfactory arts, which range from gallery and museum sculptures and installations, through the enhancement of theater, film, and music with scents, to the ambient scenting of stores and avant-garde chefs’ use of scents in cuisine. Special attention is given to the aesthetics of perfume and incense and the question of their art status, as well as to the role of scent in the appreciation of nature and gardens. Ethical issues are discussed regarding ambient scenting, perfume wearing, and the use of smells i ... More

Keywords: smell, perfume, incense, ambient scenting, olfactory arts, neuroscience, aesthetics, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190089818
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190089818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry Shiner, author
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Illinois