Everything around the image is part of its meaning. its uniqueness is the uniqueness of the single place where it is.Everything around it confirms and consolidates its meaning. （eg. painting and buildings ; icons---εικόνα: behind the image ,there is God)
art should be stripped off the false mystery and the false religiosity the surrounds it.
This religiosity , usually links with cash value, but always invokes the name of culture and civilization, is in fact substitute for what the paintings lost when the camera make them reproducable.
The camera, by making the works of art transmittable, has multiplied its possible meanings, but also destroied its unique, original meanings. Its meaning is liable to be manipulated and transformed, and no longer constant. It changed by the camera which moves ,by words which put around it, by music played over it , and by other pictures that coexist with it on the same page.
its as if the painting, absolutely still, soundless, becomes a corridor, connecting the moment it represents with the moment at which you are looking at it, and something travels down that corridor at a speed greater than light, throwing into question a way of measuring time itself. Because paintings are silent and still, and because their meaning is no longer attached to them but has become transmittable, paintings lend themselves to easy manipulation . They can be used to make arguments or points which may be very different, from their original meaning. And because paintings are essentially silent and still, the most obvious way of manipulating them is by using movements and sounds (eg. when demostrate only a part of the painting,the meaning will be consequently changed)
In paintings, there is no unfolding of times,all the actions are simutaneously.
The mystification. The artbook depends upon reproductions, yet often what the reproduction make it accessible, the text begins to make it inaccessible. What might become part of our language is jealously safeguarded and kept within the narrow perserves of the art expert . The author wants to mask the image, as if he fears for its directness and its accessibility. It as though he doesn't want us to make sense of it in our own terms, so when he sums up , he resorts to meaningless generalizations.
the experience of art & other experiences Interpret and look at the paintings directly
to be naked is to be oneself ; to be nude is to be seen in naked by others and yet not recognized by oneself. A nude has to be seen as an object.,The nakedness is a sight for those who are dressed. Nakeness is created in the mind of the beholder.
In the european traditions, the nude implies the awareness of being seen by the spectators. They are not naked as they are, they are naked as you see them.
She sees herself first and foremost as a sight,whcih means a sight for men. The mirro becomes a symbol of the vanity of a woman，yet the male hypocrisy in this is blatant.
Aesthetics when applied to women are not as disinterested as the word beauty might suggest.
To be naked is to be without disguised; to be on display is to have the surface of one's own skin and the hairs of one's own body turns into a disguise, a disguise that cannot be discarded. Without clothes , they are as formal as with their colthes on.
The convention of not painting the hair on a woman's body helps toward the same end. Hair is associated with sexual par with passions. The woman's sexual passion has to be minimized so that the spectator may feel that he has the monopoly of such passion. They feed to have an appetite and not to have any of their own.
The pictorial symbol of passion was a small boy---Cupid.
The absurtiy of male falttery reached its peak in the public academic art of the 19th century.
sexuality within the frame or in front of it ?
There is something in them which is important to them,other than simply what other people think of them. This is the product of their interaction with the world and with other people. Throught thiis interaction, they actually bulit up a store of the worth of the sense of themselves, whcih is constant and cannot be lost. But the women didnt go out, so they have to wait for the present interaction with a man to build up their sense of self.