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Diary: December 12, 1941, detail
Roger Shimomura

This detail from the painting Diary: December 12, 1941 by Roger Shimomura shows a silhouette of Superman behind a lattice. Superman's cape blows in the wind. Without further information you might infer that Superman is about to fly away to aprehend a villain or rescue someone. What do you think is the whole story?

Perception can be influenced by icons that connote a particular meaning within their sociocultural context. Selection of this particular detail influences the viewer to perceive a meaning that does not reflect the artist's intent.

To see the entire painting and learn the whole story, read an excerpt from American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art.

silhouette of Superman

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