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John Bergers writing Ways of Seeing is a look into the world of art Throughout his composition he gives his opinions on various topics about art Jane Tompkins essay Indians Textualism Morality and the Problem of History is a look into the world of history Within her essay Tompkins discusses her views on the quest of finding truth in history She uses terms such as relativism the understanding that man or woman can never find the absolute truth in facts and epistemological quandary a predicament where in her case she could not find the correct knowledge and facts to interpret and learn the factual information she desired to possess These terms help to develop her way of finding the historical truth when there are many different accounts of history Reproductions occur in many different aspects of life Two of these such aspects are art and history the areas of expertise of Berger and Tompkins respectively Berger believes that non-exact reproductions of art are of great Widro 2 value while Tompkins believes that there is little value if there is a non-exact reproduction or recount of history John Berger an art critic as well as an author is a proponent of reproducing art in different forms other that the original When Berger talks about this positive view of reproduction he says that In the age of reproduction the meaning of the paintings is no longer attached to them their meaning becomes transmittable that is to say it because information of a sort and like all information is either put to use or ignored information carries no special authority within itself65 This quote explains Bergers feelings on the reproduction of art in our time He illustrates to the reader that reproductions give the art viewer a more specific angle on a art piece By doing this the art pursuer can understand the piece on a greater level making the
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