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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:24 PM

17. I melted down at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam...it was one of his wheat fields with

black birds...

Did you know there is a rather recent book entitled "People who Cry in Front of Paintings"? It deals with this phenomenon. I've never had an emotional response to a religious painting before but the Van Gogh and Vermeer's "View of Delft" (you have to see the original in real life to get the impact) at the Mauritshuis in The Hague just did me in (Salvador Dali sank to his knees before it, according to a museum docent).

And there's a lot written about Rothko works and the effects they have on people...

The stark realism of the grunewald is quite powerful.

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