Picturing Dutch Culture
(Svetlana Alpers) The Low Countries - 1993, № 1, pp. 158-165
The 'reality effect' peculiar to much Dutch painting has persuaded many viewers that this art registers how things are or how they were. But art historians have argued that things are not what they seem to the eye - they are devised with meanings in or (if hidden) out of view. Yet painters make paintings not meanings. Alpers turns her attention to the mode, viz. the reality effect and thus tries to ground Dutch painting in its culture.
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