Seeing Like an Artist:

What Artists Perceive in the Art of Others

Learn to see art as an artist does. As the mysteries of techniques and styles are revealed, viewing paintings and sculptures becomes a more powerfully enriching experience that will stay in your mind long after you’ve left a museum.

A visit to a museum can be overwhelming, exhausting, and unrewarding. Lincoln Perry wants to change that. In eleven essays—each framed around a specific theme—he provides new ways of seeing and appreciating art.

Perry is a disarmingly charming tour guide to museums large or small. He makes even all art approachable and accessible. Along the way, he weaves in personal stories, from his own artistic journey as a painter to the days when he could sleep in his beaten-up VW Bus in the Louvre’s parking lot.

Drawing heavily on examples from the European tradition of art, the author aims to overturn your assumptions and cause you to re-think artistic prejudices while rebuilding new preferences.

Included are essays on how artists “read” paintings and guides to the great museums and churches of Europe. This is for any art-lover and museum-goer who wants to gain a deeper experience as a viewer of art.

Lincoln Perry’s distinctive landscapes, figurative paintings, and sculptures have been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions across the country. His large-scale murals can be found in landmark buildings such as the Met Life building in St. Louis and the John Hancock Tower in Boston. The University of Virginia Press published the monograph, Lincoln Perry’s Charlottesville, which included an essay and interview by his wife, Ann Beattie. A frequent contributor to American Scholar, Mr. Perry divides his time between Maine, Virginia, and Florida.