Saturday, July 15, 2006

On Art and Illusion . . .

“Should we not say that we make a house by the art of building, and by the art of painting we make another house, a sort of man-made dream produced for those who are awake?”

(Plato, Sophist, quoted in E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion)

“Illusion . . . is hard to describe or analyze, for though we may be intellectually aware of the fact that any given experience must be an illusion, we cannot, strictly speaking, watch ourselves having an illusion.”

(E. H. Gombrich, Art and Illusion)

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