How to Look at Paintings

Slow down, have a seat, and stay away from the information plaques

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Take a Seat

‘№5/№22’ by Mark Rothko, 1949-50. Photo via Museum of Modern Art/WikiArt

Resist the Plaque

Most works of art are made to be enjoyed on an intuitive level.

Take in the Composition

Triangular and spiral compositions (above). ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ by Titian, 1516–18, via Wikimedia Commons, modified by the author
Further compositional dynamics within the painting (above)


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