How to look at a painting /

Presents advice on ways to examine a painting to gain a better understanding of its meaning.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Barbe-Gall, Françoise.
Other Authors: Spencer, Stewart. (Translator)
Format: Book
Published: London : Frances Lincoln Limited, c2010.
Table of Contents:
  • Observing a simple reality:
  • Discovering the essence of a character
  • Confronting the truth of emotions
  • Guessing what remains unsaid
  • Feeling a sense of deja vu
  • Believing you are at the cinema
  • Recognizing the substance of the world;
  • Contemplating the sublime:
  • Taking part at an important event
  • Flirting with the idea of perfection
  • Feeling time stand still
  • Accepting that we cannot see everything
  • A moment's grace
  • Witnessing the birth of light;
  • Analyzing distortions to the visible world:
  • Imagining the point of eternity
  • Discerning the troubles of history
  • Sensing a metamorphosis
  • Glimpsing primitive nature
  • Adapting to circumstances
  • Abandoning the evidence;
  • Taking account of what appears confusing:
  • Making allowances for mystery
  • Taking time to be wrong
  • Appreciating a way of thinking
  • Measuring the difficulty of seeing
  • Welcoming a new freedom
  • Feeling our way to reality;
  • Getting over the shock of our first impression:
  • Considering the function of a painting
  • Seizing the grandeur of a ritual
  • Passing through the mirror
  • Understanding the logic of a vision
  • Seeing life unravel
  • Gaining access to the opposite side of things;
  • Abandoning ourselves to the gentleness of a painting:
  • Abandoning our fear of shadows
  • Seeing history in the making
  • Forgetting the weight of the world
  • Enjoying a lasting peace
  • Welcoming the ephemeral
  • Learning to wait.