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.
Advancements in technology have made it possible to capture high resolution images of paintings, allowing us to see all the fine details of the painting and closer replication of the colours of the painting. VR has allowed us to see the painting with its full physicality, its actual size and all its texture.
But besides the filters from the tools that capture the images of the paintings, there is another filter in the tools that we use to look at the paintings on the screen. Most of us do not realize that how much we actually see, especially colours, are affected by the quality of our screens, be it the computer monitor or the mobile phone.
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.
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