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The inspiration 
Have you ever wondered what is the common element that characterizes all works of art from ancient times to the present? Well, the common element of all works, whether it is painting, sculpture, dance or literature, is inspiration. Artistic inspiration is an abstract concept and over time the artists, critics and scientists have tried to define inspiration from several points of view, following the theories that are more or less diverse. Inspiration characterizes not only the artistic work, it is also necessary even in other areas, we can say even in our everyday life. Inspiration is when creativity it is at its highest point, being influenced by some factors which depend on an artist to another. Inspiration is the supreme moment of creativity with which artists can create true works of art, going beyond cultural boundaries. In moments of maximum intensive creativity, the artist can manifest freely and gives their feelings and emotions without any constraints. Artists, but even art critics and historians consider that, explaining what inspiration is, would be a very difficult thing, because it would have to relate to each individual artist.  He inspiration comes mainly from the creative act and it is difficult to define or explain, which is also different from one creator to another, and from one mode of artistic expression to another. Even if the inspirational act is difficult to define, critics and art historians have defined its historical periods. The history of the inspiring act Art itself and the creative process are viewed differently from one culture to another, therefore the inspiring act is perceived in different ways. Inspiration was analysed over time, both, artistically and psychologically. Since ancient times, artists have tried to create unique works, regardless of the artistic area we speak about. For example, in ancient times, the Greeks believed that artists, especially poets, entered into a state of trance or delirium named the "furor poeticus". At this time, the artist goes into another manifestation of the creative ego, where the gods’ thoughts themselves, are influencing the artwork itself. Inspiration is more important than conscience and has nothing to do with the technique, the technique and the transposition in writing or verbally are independent acts of the inspiring act; for this reason, ordinary people can receive divine inspiration, without having the necessary skills to materialize it into a work of art, and artists can get to know the proper techniques to achieve a specific work of art, but without the reaches of inspiration. Also, Greeks are those who attributed the muses’ inspiration. Muses were considered true goddesses and were the main sources of inspiration for science and art. Moreover, the Muses were regarded as the main source of knowledge. Muses have a very important role especially in literature; writers invoked them to receive divine inspiration and to forge artwork. The creation process is extremely complex and can be divided into several phases. We cannot say that the inspiring act characterizes only a certain phase of the entire creative process, this being present throughout the whole process, from the beginning, from the first ideas shaping up to the perfection of the art work. Christianity, introduced the theory that inspiration is a gift from God. It is said that the Bible was developed under the influence of divine inspiration. In the Middle Ages the art was influenced to a great extent by Christianity and most works of art depicting biblical figures and episodes. Even in Nordic societies it is embraced the idea, that inspiration is a gift from the gods. Nordic artists, especially poets, were receiving divine inspiration from the gods and managed to transform the words under its influence, but with the help of consciousness. If inspiration in other cultures is independent thinking, inspiration northern culture is a very important act in which both the mind and body have well-established roles. Later, John Locke, one of the most important representatives of the enlightenment, said that inspiration is a combination of ideas and thoughts, creating in this way a unit in terms of the perception of the creative act itself. Numerous theories of inspiration were the starting point of literary works that belong to the writer Jonathan Swift. According to modern theories concerning inspiration, it starts from the unconscious, as stated by Sigmund Freud himself. Artistic Inspiration emerges when in the subconscious takes place some conflicts. Surrealist artists embraced Freud's theory, which can be easily observed in works of art characteristic of this trend. As I mentioned in the previous lines, artistic inspiration is influenced in many cases by numerous factors. I said earlier that inspiration characterizes the entire creative process, from accumulating ideas to perfection of the art work itself. Gathering ideas is a method by which inspiration can make its presence felt. Many artists believe that artistic inspiration is a result of thinking, a meditation on the self. Each artist, like any other ordinary person is different in its own way and can find inspiration different from another's. The ideas do not always appear suddenly but sometimes only appear in certain contexts. Some artists are inspired by nature, the landscapes and the sounds of nature, other artists are inspired by children, other animals, others by the sea and others by mountains. Inspiration characterizes any means of artistic expression, both painting and sculpture, music, dance and theatre. As I mentioned in the opening lines, inspiration is not necessary only in the artistic field, but in any other field. Inspiration is the first step towards originality. Scientists, researchers, but especially inspired inventors need to devise theories and to create exceptional original objects. It's either we talk about artists or ordinary people who seek inspiration, it is good to note that new experiences, the unknown, can yield new and original ideas. Sharing ideas with other artists or others in a particular field can give rise to other ideas. Following own ideas and beliefs is an important step for to inspiring act to be brought to an end. So inspiration is characteristic of any creative process. Over time artists have tried through various means to seek diverse sources of inspiration for the artwork to be truly unique and exceptional and can convey feelings and emotions.

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