quote:Originally posted by wine+art:
Read, read, read, then view, view, view.
Great, great advice. Read the history. Read the books. Get an understanding of the periods throughout history.
That said, just like one needs to taste great wines to understand great wines, you MUST SEE great paintings to understand and truly FEEL them. You'll never get that from seeing them in books. Whenever you get the opportunity GO SEE!