Reading Art: The Benefits of Looking More Closely

Discovering art’s secrets by paying closer attention

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (c. 1560) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels. Source WikiArt
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (1881–1882) by Édouard Manet. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Source Wikimedia Commons
Detail from ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’ (1881–1882) by Édouard Manet. Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Source Wikimedia Commons
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (c. 1560) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels. Source WikiArt
Detail from ‘Landscape with the Fall of Icarus’ (c. 1560) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels. Source WikiArt
View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm — The Oxbow (1836) by Thomas Cole. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source Wikimidia Commons
Detail from ‘View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm — The Oxbow’ (1836) by Thomas Cole. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source Wikimedia Commons.

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