Chapter 8

Engagement: The Curious Culture

Question: Do I produce a challenging and intellectually stimulating environment where people feel compelled to take on issues and work hard to generate solutions?

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Las Meninas, Diego Velázquez(Photograph: Corbis Images)

The best works of art are the ones that people are able to return to with sustained interest. There is always something new to see and to contemplate. Great art in any medium is able to repeatedly draw you in and force you to seek out its embodied meaning through careful examination and discovery. The Velázquez painting on display in this chapter is one of the most vexing works in art history. ...

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