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Why is it that we are so fascinated with old paintings?

Is it because we can sympathize with the poor soul in Munch's "The Scream"? Do we long for a cool dip in Monet's "Water Lilies"? Or maybe we know just what DaVinci was thinking when he gave Mona Lisa her devilish smile.


Perhaps we spend time gazing at the Old Masters because we think there's little chance we could pick up a brush, dip it in paint, and create such a work of art.

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