The Shy Museumgoer

ART + HISTORY

It’s Polite to Stare

Titian, detail of "Venus with a Mirror" (c.1555)
Detail of Titian’s Venus with a Mirror (c.1555)

When we thoughtfully run our eyes over a great painting, we carry with us something we didn’t have before. We take with us the artist’s way of looking at the world. Why does this matter? Because it increases our potential to see the world, and human experience, differently.

Thank you for spending time on this site. By being here, you reinforce the notion that art history is meaningful. I promise to regularly post interesting stories about great paintings….