Western art is replete with images of the sublime and inspirational, but it also includes myriad pieces that depict violence, racial injustice, and pain, forcing viewers to confront what makes us uncomfortable, what we don’t like, and often, what we don’t understand.
Can art save lives? Not exactly, but our most prized professionals (doctors, nurses, police officers) can learn real world skills through art analysis. Studying art like René Magritte's Time Transfixed can enhance communication and analytical skills, with an emphasis on both the seen and unseen. Amy E. Herman explains why art historical training can prepare you for real world investigation.