Assignment for Monday( May 22)

Hello, I’d like to start my post by apologizing for the lack of posts or comments on the WordPress. My computer has been having problems, so I haven’t been able to post or comment on the WordPress. I have fixed everything, so I shouldn’t have any problems with posts or comments.


At the beginning of the article Perspectives in Flux: Viewing Dutch Pictures in Real Time, the author Celeste Brusati bring up an interesting point. The contrast on how modern people view paintings to how people viewed the paintings when it was first created.Most people that visit a museum spend a brief time seeing paintings. They might move around to different to get a different perspective. However, it was very different in the Netherlands during the 1600s. Back then people viewed paintings in more detail and sustained visual attention to those paintings. Because of this, Dutch paintings have a lot of detail and incorporated features such as dramatic foreshortening, optical ambiguity, and anamorphic elements. Dutch Artists used these techniques to engage the viewer. Brusati analyzes Dutch paintings using perspective and looks at small details that are missed with just a quick glance. Berger, on the other hand, analyzes The Night Watch using a historical context. He uses the Military and the political power of the Dutch during the time the painting was created to examine the painting. He also discusses the history of militarily related portraits in order to compare The Night Watch to other similar paintings. He also tries to analyze the intent of Rembrandt and what he wanted to show the viewers.

Brusati and Berger have very different ways of analyzing Dutch Paintings. Brusati uses perspective and the viewers to analyze the impact of the portrait and Berger uses historical contexts to analyze the painting. While I lean towards Brusati’s way of analyzing paintings I still feel it is important to have some historical context to a painting as a way of examining it. However, just like Peoples opinions of how examining a painting may differ paintings can be very different from each other and depending on the painting either method could be very effective in analyzing a painting.


One thought on “Assignment for Monday( May 22)

  1. Scott, nice summary of the key differences in their approaches. Note that for Brusati it’s not just the kind of perspective we’re used to thinking about either: that Dutch artists used multiple points of perspective to move our eye. What do you think about how Brusati argues this works? Is that anything like what you experience as you view? Can you apply it to examples to walk us through that method as you see it?


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