Man sieht nur, was man weiß

In seven miniatures, Boris von Brauchitsch analyses milestones of Art History from Caravaggio to Hockney. He concentrates in his essays on the ever-lasting principles of composition, colouring and perspective and thus connects the painterly opulence of the baroque with the colour fields of the 20. century.

Only gradually, readers will realise, that Von Brauchitsch is poking fun at them. The seven texts are in fact only one, in which the individual paragraphs have been shuffled around. Thus the book transforms from a study of paintings to a entertaining study of art historical writing and technique.