posted on Nov, 4 2008 @ 12:56 PM
Idealism in philosophy (probably the intended meaning in your assignment) is the theory that everything that exists in the physical world is in fact
an imperfect representation of an ideal version existing somewhere else outside of physical creation.
Idealism is the basic tenet of Plato's writings.
For example, you see a chair. The chair may not be particularly beautiful, virtuous, or true. However, the chair will be beautiful, virtuous, and true
to the degree that it resembles the Ideal version, existing somewhere else (perhaps Heaven). So an ugly or uncomfortable chair is a less perfect
representation of the Idea "chair".
That being said, look at the painting. You have God in the form of a man, an Ideal man, if you will, reaching down into creation to create physical
reality. He starts by taking the Idea "light" and creating it in physical reality. This seems to be the intended meaning of the painting. Next He
will create all the other stuff, and then He will create man, an imperfect image of himself. All of these things He has created are imperfect since
they are not the Real Deal but are only imitations of the Ideals. This, I believe, is the philosophical interpretation of the painting, using the
Philosophy 101 definition of Idealism.