GRE Reading Comprehension
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The digital revolution has given us, for the first time, the image in its pure form, an image without body. The image conveyed by a painting, on the other hand, is always a material entity, however unobtrusive, a particular thing made out of pigments, binders and a support. Sculpture, in turn, is often far more physically obtrusive than painting, and to the extent that it offers a multiplicity of possible viewpoints, it generates many images, but typically none of them are the image of the work. The physical impression a sculpture makes is more powerful than its imagistic content, which seems merely transitory by comparison. The digitization of culture has only made this more evident.
Which of the following best accounts for why sculpture is not amenable to digitized form?
- A A multiplicity of viewpoints can be bewildering and lead to divergent interpretations.
- B Paintings and sculptures undergo a similar diminished impact when seen as an image devoid of body.
- C Sculpture primarily exerts its influence through its sheer physicality.
- D The material world deals in fleeting images, whereas art can only be appreciated by recognizing the physical products that comprise any given work of art.
- E Sculpture is even more poorly suited for a digital medium than is art that provides us with an ostensibly two-dimensional image.
Correct Answer: C