Walter Benjamin Quote
In other words, the unique value of the "authentic" work of art has its basis in ritual, the location of its original use value. This ritualistic basis, however remote, is still recognizable as secularized ritual even in the most profane forms of the cult of beauty.
Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 1: 1913-1926 (ed. Belknap Press, 1996) - ISBN: 9780674945852