"Это прекрасный и тихий сад."
Translation:It is a splendid and quiet garden.
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«Красивый» is 'beautiful', it refers to aesthetics. «Прекрасный» means it's very good, but not neccessarily because it's beautiful. For example, «она́ прекра́сная программи́стка» 'she is a wonderful programmer' means she is a very good programmer, and «краси́вая» wouldn't work in this context.
Not even as a compliment? Meaning, she is a beautiful programmer, on behalf of her looks.
No, «прекрасная программистка» would mean she writes code well, it can't mean she's beatuful. But I think this is also a compliment, isn't it? I mean, I think when someone compliments a person's work, it's as much a compliment as when they compliment someone's looks, isn't it?
«Она красивая программистка» could mean she's a beautiful programmer, but in Russian this sentence sounds pretty strange because Russian prefers not to pack different messages into one sentence. It's better to say «Она программистка, и она красивая» 'She's a programmer, and she's beautiful'.
And could I use "красивы" to describe the personality of someone? Like "Tom Hanks is a beautiful person" in the sense that he is really kind.
Oh well... Techically it could mean this, but this is bound to be misunderstood. Unless you have a context where it's obvious. E.g. you've discussed how appearance is not important for you before, and now you say «Том Хэнкс — красивый человек», then it could be understood to refer to inner beauty.
But if you just say «Том Хэнкс — красивый человек», without any context, it would be understood as a sentence about appearance ('Ton Hanks is a handsome person.').
You could add more words to clarify you're not talking about appearance, e.g. «красивый душой человек» 'a person beautiful in soul', «красивый внутренне человек» 'internally beautiful person', etc.