Why do the eyes in some paintings appear to follow the viewer around the room, and how do artists achieve this illusion? Manzul Rahim, Lisle, Ill.
Viewing art is typically a one-way street. The feeling that a painting or photograph is also watching you can be both unnerving and awe-inspiring. Artwork, as well as many religious icons in churches and synagogues, has conjured the feeling in many viewers that something animated lies within the eyes that look back at them.