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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Grand Scale
Prints at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Written on March 31, 2004

Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law (detail) (1590), Andrea Andreani after Domenico Beccafumi Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston

What is it about big?  Why are we impressed by size when we all know that the quality of any given thing is easily just as, if not more, important?  The simplest answer is that while man can normally make many things that are small, i.e. on a human scale, the larger something is the more effort and skill seems to be necessary.