Few people have actually seen the work that they think they have seen.
“Mona Lisa (also known as La Gioconda) is a 16th century portrait painted in oil on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci during the Italian Renaissance. The work is owned by the French government and hangs in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France with the title Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo.” Wikipedia
That is to say most of the Art they have seen has been though the “transparent”, glowing computer screen OR the glowing projection of a slide show and the printed reproductions from museums. Few have seen the actual work, It is wonderful to have the technology to be able to see the range of images we have access to today.
“Snow in New York by Robert Henri (1865 – 1929) — 1902 oil painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.” Wikipedia
At one level this Henri quote still stands. One cannot truly understand the work without being in the presence of the work but the above reality really changes things. It changes how we understand the “texture”, Smell and Scale of the work. The scale of Guernica is lost through the computer, let alone the texture, brush strokes… the direct sensory experience of the work..
Guernica is a monumental painting by Pablo Picasso, depicting the Nazi German bombing of Guernica, Spain, by twenty-eight bombers, on April 26, 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The attack killed between 250 and 1,600 people, and many more were injured.” Wikipedia
This is my response to a posted quote in the Craigslist Art Forum. “Art appreciation, like love, cannot be done by proxy.” Robert Henri