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Barbara Racioppi



" How does an object that gives me no pleasure to look at from life, become, in painting, the origin of an aesthetic pleasure? And how does an object pleasant in nature, give me a far more intense pleasure when I found it in an artwork? Answer depends, from my point of view, on the fact that art exalts to unusual activity the common mental processes from which all, or nearly all, of our pleasures come from and immunizes them from being disturbed by physical sensations. "

Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), U.S. art historian.
Source: "Italian painters of the Renaissance".


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