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Pictures and Tears: a History of People Who Have Cried in Front of Paintings.

James Elkins. New York, NY: Routledge (212-216-7800), 2004. Illus., paperback, 288 pp., $26.00.

Elkins explores the nature of art and the ways that pictures can move us--strongly, unexpectedly, and even to tears. Wondering why modern audiences respond to art so differently--and unemotionally--compared to audiences in previous centuries, the author analyzes responses to art by museum visitors, scholars, and academics. Among the many interesting findings reported, the author suggests that museums do not harbor an intimate atmosphere, they create distractions that drive people away from experiencing works of art, and many people are trained to believe that paintings require study--not gushing emotions.

Certainly an interesting read for museum educators, art history students, and art teachers who are committed to teaching about responding to art.
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Title Annotation:Bookmarks
Author:Katter, Eldon
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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