What are the benefits?
There’s a reason why slow looking is so highly advocated: it elevates the art viewing experience. Rather than making hasty interpretations, looking at an artwork slowly gives you the time to linger over the details and explore different perspectives, which naturally lead to a more in-depth understanding of the piece. As you immerse and lose yourself in the artwork, you also develop a deeper connection with it and therefore enjoy it even more.
It’s also a meditative process that’s great for mental health. When you turn your attention to the artwork in front of you, you’re essentially tuning out distractions and entering a focused state of mind. It’s a relaxing experience when you’re able to leave your everyday worries behind and simply focus on the art itself. According to Shari Tishman, author of Slow Looking: The Art and Practice of Learning Through Observation, it also helps boost cognitive learning and critical thinking as you give your mind the time to process all the information that you’ve received.