Eclectic Curiosity

Art and Crime

Posted on July 27th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

“In New York, the extraordinary is so ordinary to us, so in training we’re always looking to become even more aware as observers,” says Diana Pizzuti, explaining why police detectives are studying Rembrandt, Titian and Vermeer at the Frick Museum, reports Ellen Byron in The Wall Street Journal. Making the connection between police work and artwork was inspired by Amy Herman, head of education at the Frick,, who initially conducted similar classes for doctors, “to develop diagnostic abilities through better observation of patients.” As she explains: “Just like when they arrive at a crime scene, they have to make observations and judgments quickly.” That skill can be sharpened by taking quick, analytical glances at great paintings. (more)

From Reveries. [Unfortunately, the actual article is locked down behind WSJ walls.]

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