Outlook On Paintings And Art In John Berger's Ways Of Seeing

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Ways of Seeing by John Berger was originally a television series on BBC that later was made into a book of the same name. It focuses on how we view and interpret art. More specifically, in the first episode, it focuses on paintings and how different one can interpret the specific painting based on many circumstances. The way our outlook on paintings and art changes depending on many things; one of them being where and how we look and see a reproduction of a specific painting.
With the invention of the camera, reproductions of art are made freely and paintings “can be seen in a million different places at the same time”. Now you can view art in the luxury of your own home and you can sit in your living room and watch art on television. The art comes to you, instead of you going to the art. What Berger is implying is that the camera has distorted art. Now instead of looking at original paintings, people just view reproductions and are satisfied that they have seen just the reproductions. But are the reproductions still as breathtaking as the originals? Simply watching paintings on your TV does not equal seeing those same paintings in their original form in person. Berger claims that reproductions distort the true beauty of art. Another way cameras can distort paintings is by removing the meaning of paintings as a whole simply by just zooming in. Berger gives a great example to describe this by showing Bruegel’s painting “The Road to Calvary”. As a whole, the painting is interpreted as the mourning of Christ, but as you zoom into specific areas of the painting, that comprehensive...

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