This study researches the concept of life in Hegel’s writings considering the cognitive function of art that he emphasized in relation to life. Hegel defined life as love, object of self-conscious desire, pure idea, other-idea, and idea of beauty. Among these, the most important meaning of life for Hegel was living things, especially the idea of spiritual life, which is constantly dividing and uniting at same time. In fact, the idea of spiritual life is within living things. According to Hegel, the idea can be true only when it is embodied and must appear to us. He thought this idea can be given shape through the beauty of art and recognized by intuitive artistic consciousness. Therefore, the significance of this research lies in newly contemplating Hegel’s definition of art and beauty of art from the perspective of life and reexamining the cognitive function of art, which enables us to intuit the meaning and structure of life in the present day.