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Illustrations and Amplifications

for John Berger's*

Ways of Seeing

(* John Berger, Sven Blomberg, Chris Fox, Michael Dibb, and Richard Hollis)

This site began as part of the work of the Markup Languages and Hypertext seminar at the University of Washington, Fall, 1998. Its purpose is to provide more compelling reproductions of the paintings, though the viewer should bear in mind that many of these paintings are many times larger than any computer screen now available, and that scale contributes a great deal to impact. Judging by traffic, the site has met a real need, and I have updated it as numbers and resolution of images have increased.

A special feature is Archduke Leopold William's Gallery: the painting by David Teniers the Younger (Ways, p. 85) is a 17th century catalog of the Archduke's collection; it looks like an array of thumbnail copies, and it is here made into an imagemap where many of the individual paintings link to full-screen reproductions. Teniers, I think, would have approved.

Notes:

  1. This imagemap pops windows which autosize to the dimensions of their contents in most browsers except Chrome. With Chrome, some dragging of corners will be necessary.
  2. To use in Firefox, pull the browser window out to full screen and then zoom up the display until the image map fills the browser.

chapter one

chapter two

chapter three

george dillon
University of Washington
Revised and updated October 2013
Illustrations for John Berger's Ways of Seeing