I’ve recently been reading Arguing About Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates and one of the first essays (about whether food can be art — do not read late at night on an empty stomach!) mentions how philosophers can discuss the ontological status of a work of art (what kind of thing it is), and in particular used Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata as an example. The art is not the sheet music it was originally written on, nor is it a particular performance (there are many of those, they also include interpretation). One can spend a lot of time figuring out the philosophical distinctions of what is and isn’t art (though that can be fun, too; for instance, see here). I thought that the subject called for a painting and while the title is a mouthful, making it was mindful.