A favorite artwork can provide you with enjoyment and inspiration, help you recall important events of the past, and help you project a course into the future. Get even more enjoyment from a work of art you love by approaching it with an active mind: studying its details and asking questions about its meaning. This essay illustrates that process for Henry Kirke Brown’s George Washington and Anna Hyatt Huntington’s Cid, and then explains how to judge these and other works re content, style, and the emotional reaction they evoke.
This article was originally published as "Getting More Enjoyment from Art You Love," The Objective Standard, A Journal of Culture and Politics, vol. 1, no. 2 (Summer 2006). Copies may still be available from The Objective Standard in print.