chapter  11
The surface of objects and museum style: Ernst van de Wetering
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THERE ARE NEGATIVE UNDERTONES IN DESCRIBING someone as superfi cial. A person is more highly valued if his views and feelings are perceived to have depth. We also tend to mistrust our attitudes toward the surfaces of objects; we would rather wait and see whether the surface of an object really corresponds in quality to that which lies beneath. Emphasis on the surface provokes thoughts about appearances being deceptive, about glitter rather than gold.