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MEANING and size

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Cindy Cronn (
22 Mar 1999 12:00:41 U

I have been interested n this discussion of power and smallness. I am not sure that if something draws you in it is necessarily "Powerful." It seems more like there is the attraction of intimacy with a work of art which I would not equiate with power. I was really surprised when I realized that Vermeer's paintings were so small. Of course I had seen them only in the form of slides on a screen. It didn't diminish their importance to me to learn that they were small. It just made me wish I could go to the national Gallery to see the "real thing." One overy moving story I heard was of the judge in The Hague at the War Crimes Tribunal who, having heard testimonies related to the atrocities in Yugoslavia, would go to the Museum and sit with the Vermeer works to be restored. That is power, but not power derived from smallness.