Help me learn to see
January 22, 2014 7:52 PM Subscribe
Are there any good books on how to best visually appreciate art? More inside...
posted by xammerboy to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 41 users marked this as a favorite
I am referring to the practice of physically looking at art, not art theory or history. Two insights that have transformed the way I physically look at pictures are below. What other insights am I unaware of?
1. If you look at a photograph, or realistic painting, your eyes will physically refocus as they look at parts of the picture that depict objects closer or further away. This is true despite the fact that a photograph is, in fact, flat. These points define the picture's mental space, which may or may not conform with reality.
2. In any portrait of a person in a complex psychological state, different parts of the subject's face will communicate different emotions. You can most easily see this by covering up one side of a portrait and then looking at the other side. Each side will clearly communicate a different emotion, and is usually highly asymmetrical.