Even when we believe we are being completely unbiased, we bring preconceived conceptions and generations of handed-down opinions, to our understanding of what we are looking at. Understanding why we see things the way we do – to recognise the bias, opinions and thoughts we already have – helps us to see things clearer.
In this double essay book, Mary Beard helps us understand society, and ourselves, through two very important lenses: our sight, and our faith. It’s an easy to digest, easy to understand, worth a read regardless of the style of art you’re looking at. I cannot express how essential this book is.