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See Margot's poem about the painting

Margot also wrote a poem to describe how we have to use our imaginations when looking at a painting:

Reading Between the Lines

A picture on the wall
that's all
that's that
but its not just flat
it’s not a matter of fact
there's what's real
and what you feel

Looking at art
is more than that
it’s like a mirror
you can see your life in
it’s like a window
Are you looking out
or are you looking in ?

It’s a fine line
It’s a sign of the times
When you draw the line
there are all sorts of symbols in it

there's the artist's dreams
there's what it means
there's how it seems to you

Who knows what's true?

It takes time to divine
just like a poem is more than its rhymes

If you read in between the lines.

By Margot Henderson
(written for Articulate at the National Gallery)

Image of quote from Margot's poem.This is Margot's poem page.
Image of students in the gallery.Click here for Student Responses.
Image of 'An Allegory with Venus and Time' by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, about 1754-8.Click here for About the Painting.
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