An Example of Emotional Insight (from Renoir)

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Here’s one of the most famous paintings in the world—Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party”. You’ve probably seen reproductions of it many times. But there’s something you may never have noticed about it before.

An Example of Emotional Insight (from Shakespeare)

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Olivia Husssey in Zeffirelli’s Production of “Romeo and Juliet” In the previous post, “Fundamentals,” we began talking about what it is that a work of art communicates: emotional insight. Let’s look at another example. This one is super-famous. Romeo:  But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. That is pretty easy … Read More

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Vermeer’s “The Art of Painting” The consciousness of what makes a work of art has been won and lost by civilizations repeatedly throughout the ages. In civilizations where that consciousness is widespread among the public, many timeless works of art are produced. A few examples (a very partial and incomplete list):