BRONOWSKI'S METHOD OF THE ARTIST
Jacob Bronowski's metaphor addresses the limits of human knowledge and understanding. It was an early inspiration for the Homo discens project. Bronowski (1973: 353) declares that twentieth century physics has proven that “an exact picture of the material world” is unattainable. He compares science to “the method of the artist”:
We are aware that these pictures do not so much fix the face as explore it; that the artist is tracing the detail almost as if by touch; and that each line that is added strengthens the picture but never makes it final.
Bronowski, Jacob (1973) The Ascent of Man, Little, Brown and Company, Boston
Velásquez, Diego (1650) Portrait of Juan de Pareja. Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.