Seeing artwork in person is different from seeing it in reproduction. Not just because of the quality of the visual but because we don't experience the contemporary, real-world context of the work. A picture of the Mona Lisa behind all her glass barriers in the Louvre documents the object and its situation but doesn't capture the audio context in which it exists: the throngs of tourists exclaiming "There she is!" in a babble of languages or asking for the bathroom or... More >>>