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THE POINT

Looking at Art: Is the Internet Producing a Better Product?

BY DORSEY WAXTER

Illustration by Dadu Shin.

I have spent more than half of my 40 years in the art world without the benefit of the internet. Its advent and growth, particularly in the last decade, have catapulted art into a bigger world with more participants and greater access to information and reproductions. But to become an educated viewer, seeing art in person is paramount.

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing the much-anticipated Rembrandt van Rijn retrospective, "Late Rembrandt," at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. The exhibition was mobbed…

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