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Museum Observations

How long on average do you look at a painting in a museum?
Research has shown that this is only about 10 seconds.
Some connoisseurs find this ridiculously short, but that is nonsense of course. If you look at all the works of art exposed in a museum for 10 seconds, you are busy for days. The solution is therefore to select. You look at some paintings in passing. Why spend more time if they don't appeal to you? Others attract you and you want to see them better.
Today three examples of art lovers who clearly need more than 10 seconds to view a painting.

■ Picture 1: ◄ Johannes Vermeer ►
Johannes Vermeer, Dutch, 1632-1675
Woman Holding a Balance c. 1664. - Oil on canvas.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection

■ Picture 2: ◄ Cornelis Verbeeck ►
Cornelis Verbeeck, Dutch, 1590/1591 - 1637
A Naval Encounter between Dutch and Spanish Warships c. 1618/1620 - oil on panel
Gift of Dorothea V. Hammond
Exhibition: Water,winds and waves - Marine paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, National Gallery of Art, Washington

■ Picture 3: ◄ Andy Warhol ►
Andy Warhol, American, 1928 - 1987
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (Rauschenberg Family), 1962, silkscreen on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Howard Adams and Patrons' Permanent Fund.
National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5378 W: 324 N: 9960] (39142)
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