By Aaron Schwartz
Women in Blue Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer
Brusati’s method of interacting with art is intertwined with literal viewing perspectives, and how these perspectives, both created by the viewer as well as those put in place by the artist influence the interpretation of the art. As a result, Brusati puts method before meaning in viewing the artwork. Instead of the literal image being analyzed for symbolism and portrayal at first glance, Brusati focuses on how the artist molds the viewer into looking at their art a certain way. Brusati’s method contrasts from my own method of looking at art, as it seems to only be one of many aspects to consider when viewing art. For myself, the perspective can at times come second to other aspects of the art, such as the emotions it elicits or its thematic resonance. Berger’s methods of analysis differ from Brusati’s in many ways. Instead of focusing on aspects of “experimentation” as Brusati writes, Berger seems to analyze the artwork with his train of thought as his eyes moves across the art, emphasized by his first person writing narrative. I can understand Berger’s thought process and his style of art analysis. His style seems to ask questions that no one save the artist can answer for sure, for instance, asking why one portrayed women is “carrying a dead chicken and not a dead eagle?”. Questions without answers force Berger to analyze the artwork for meaning and detailed symbolism, and lead to a deeper understanding of the art.