Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Haltadefinizione - the future of art viewing?

There is something appealing about the idea of being able to inspect work more thoroughly than ever possible in art galleries or museums. The experience of viewing a painting becomes much more intimate and quiet. This especially when you consider the heaving, sweaty masses when you enter the major museums of the world.

The original painting is 95 x 85 cm (in the Uffizi) so you have to wonder how the immersive aspect of being in front of the image, and potentially overwhelmed by it, is compromised by a 20" screen?

We did visit the Uffizi but - as would often seem our luck - the applicable room was closed. That said, I did manage to sneak a glance at his Medusa though. I was also lucky enough to have a Caravaggio pretty much to myself - visited mid-week - at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn when a show toured there.

I would hope that those behind 'Bedroom Secrets' would consider doing the same with Van Gogh's 'The Bedroom'.

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