What happens when we look at a painting? What do we think about?
What do we imagine? How can we explain, even to ourselves, what we
see or think we see? And how can art historians interpret with any
seriousness what they observe? In six engaging, short narrative
"fictions," each richly illustrated in color, Daniel Arasse, one of
the most brilliant art historians of our time, cleverly and
gracefully guides readers through a variety of adventures in
seeing, from Velázquez to Titian, Bruegel to
By demonstrating that we don't really see what these paintings
are trying to show us, Arasse makes it clear that we need to take a
closer look. In chapters that each have a different form, including
a letter, an interview, and an animated conversation with a
colleague, the book explores how these pictures teach us about ways
of seeing across the centuries. In the process, Arasse freshly lays
bare the dazzling power of painting. Fast-paced and full of humor
as well as insight, this is a book for anyone who cares about
really looking at, seeing, and understanding paintings.
Subjects: Art & Art History
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