Vision, touch, and the value of pictures

British Journal of Aesthetics 42 (2):191-201 (2002)
Abstract
Since blind people can draw and interpret raised-line drawings, depiction is not an essentially visual medium. Neither is the art of pictures an essentially visual art form. The reasons given for evaluating a picture aesthetically may advert to its tactile qualities insteadof its visual qualities.In particular, a raised-line picture canbe valued for the tactile experience it elicits of the scene it depicts, just as a visual picture is sometimes valuedfor eliciting a visual experience of its subject. The argument for this claim responds to some objections recently put forward by Robert Hopkins.
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