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Aert de Gelder
Old Woman Praying
ca. 1700
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by Lisa Zeitz

"The most dependable way to figure out who painted a picture is to have an ‘eye’ -- to have taste, that ability to enter an artist's head, to see what he saw, to understand what he intended. Few people really have this flair. Although it has to be trained and honed, an 'eye' seems to be born, not made." Not an iota of doubt mars this passage from Richard Feigen's five-year-old memoir, Tales from the Art Crypt (Knopf). Feigen has an "eye," and his career seems to prove him right.