Ways of Seeing: Thoughts

Episode 1:

“ A lot more is possible, only if art is striped of the false mystery and the false religiosity which surrounds it. This religiosity, usually linked with cash value but alway but always invoked in the name of culture and civilization, is in fact a substitute for what paintings lost when the camera made them reproducible”

Episode 2:

I'd love to quote the entire episode but these were the lines that stood out to me most. I also really appreciated how half the episode is a panel of women of different ages was brought in to discuss the topic for themselves. I was surprised by how valuable art is for reflecting on how women are perceived by men/perceive themselves.

“ “To be naked is to oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others and yet not recognized for oneself. A nude has to be seen as an object in order to be a nude.”

“ “Their nudity is another form of dress. They are condemned to never be naked. With their clothes off, they are as formal with their clothes on.”

Episode 3:

In this episode, I especially enjoyed the paintings he chose to analyze. Specifically, I enjoyed the last painting of a women weighing gold on scales. His persepective made the scene so much richer and I felt an appreciation for the nuances in the technique.

“A patron cannot be surrounded by music or poems in the same way as he is by his pictures. Does this special ownership of pictures engender a special pride?”

“The paintings were the settings for charades in which they themselves would play.”