Sight Unseen 1 : Finding Art in Art

An introduction to the unseen side of art

Great masters have always known that vision is only a semblance of reality. Almost all of them have used the flaws in our optical process, like graphic artists also do, to convey multiple levels of meaning in one image. Thus while normal perception suffices for superficial enjoyment of art, as any museum visitor knows, it cannot interpret canonical art with any accuracy. This first chapter in the series Sight Unseen will start to demonstrate that subtle visual perception and in-depth knowledge of the canon is the key to great art – not emblems or iconology, literature or psychology, not even the patron’s wishes. Knowledge of biography, sociology and politics, while useful, are all of little import to the unravelling of a great masterpiece. In great art, vision – and the canon – rule. 

Sight Unseen 1 : Finding Art in Art

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