Do great works of art survive because they are great, or are they called great because they survive?

This is forst and foremost a philosophy essay, so no waffle just the philosophical arguments by Hume, Kant et al. Please provide me with a proposal before writing the main essay indicating the main issues to be addressed and bibliographical resources to be consulted. Dont hesitate to get in touch with any queries.
Main readings from Aesthetics the Classic readings edited by David E. Cooper. Journals are ok