The art of the past can seem very far away, obscured both by time and by knotty academic theory. Foregrounding the experience of the contemporary viewer, Ossian Ward’s simple, 10 step programme acts as an aid to looking, breaking down the Old Masters into intuitive categories.
Just as contemporary art should be judged by how it moves us, cajoles us and envelops us, so too can experiencing the great paintings of the world be seen as immersive, captivating, even participatory experiences. Ward’s new book, Look Again: How to Experience the Old Masters, urges us to throw off the weight of centuries of scholarship and to turn to these artworks with fresh eyes.
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