26 August 2009

What Makes A Work of Art Great?

Errol Morris is a filmmaker of uncommon skill and perceptiveness.  He is also a man who has very definite ideas about  what visual images say -- and what they hide.

Earlier this summer, he posted on his New York Times "Zoom" blog a provocative multi-part essay that asks:  what makes a work of art great?  To examine the question, he focuses on Han Van Meegeren, whose Vermeer forgeries fooled the Nazis and the world.

Here's Part One of Bamboozling Ourselves.

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