When we look at paintings on the screen, we are looking at photographic images of the paintings, videographic captures of the paintings, or even virtual reality views of the paintings.  So when we are looking at paintings on the screen, we are looking at the paintings through several tools: the camera or video recorder or VR equipment that has recorded the image of the paintings, and the computer monitor or mobile phone or TV screen that is displaying the the image of the paintings. 

While these tools enable us to look at paintings on the screen, bringing about much convenience and benefits, there are some caveats which we should be aware of.

When we look at paintings face to face,  we are looking at them with our eyes.  There are no intermediaries between us and the paintings.   When we look at paintings on the screen, we are looking at them through various tools that inadvertently filter what the paintings really are.  

Image captures of paintings, be it photography or videography, is usually impeded by the inability to capture the exact colours, shades and tones of the painting.  It is also difficult to capture the texture of the painting that is inherent in the painting.  While information of the dimensions of the painting is always available, it is difficult for us to grasp the size of the painting that is on the screen.

Looking at paintings on the screen is an easy and efficient way to enjoy paintings.  We just need to keep in mind that what we see have been filtered in some way or another by the tools that make the paintings appear on the screen.  

How to appreciate paintings?  Looking at paintings on the screen opens up new ways to appreciate paintings. 

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