Unformatted text preview: longer accord with the world as it is. (The world-as-it-is is more that pure objective fact, it includes consciousness.) Out of true with the present, these assumptions obscure the past.” (Berger 136) Berger means that many of the assumptions stated have nothing to do with the world today but how the world was when the painting was created; what was known back then, and what certain things translated to. Looking at a work of art done 200 years ago and trying to depict what the artist meant is difficult if done today. It varies with what Berger’s “assumptions” are and what one already knows. According to Berger’s meaning, assumptions of the past are different that what many will know of as the dictionary’s definition of the word assumption. It’s the non-understanding of the past that makes these assumptions block the knowledge of the past....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENL 101 taught by Professor Lincoln during the Fall '07 term at UMass Dartmouth.
- Fall '07