Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peter Schjeldahl Quote

detail of Mary, The Ghent Altarpiece

From The New Yorker:
"Van Eyck understood that realism doesn't require verisimiltude but only just enough visual cues to exploit the mind's credulity. We know now, from brain science, that seeing is not a direct register of what meets our eyes but a fast mental construction that squares sensations with memory and desire: what we believe and wish reality to be."
Peter Schjeldahl, "The Flip Side: The Secrets of Conserving the Wood Behind an Early Masterpiece", Nov. 29, 2010

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