Why do the eyes in some paintings appear to follow the viewer around the room?
Why do the eyes in some paintings appear to follow the viewer around the room, and how do artists achieve this illusion?
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.