2644. This was a mistake of no consequence, especially as it was practically impossible to notice it. This is why it was impossible to notice. It was a large painting and it contained a lot of figures. If you were to look at a face of one of these figures you would not, at the same time, have been able to look at the same figure’s legs or feet.
2645. Perhaps you might think that if you just backed up
across the room and got a distance away from the figures you might be
able to look at both the top and the bottom of the figures at the same
time and you could perceive the mistake but you would be wrong. From
across the room one still would have found that when you are looking at one part of
a large picture you can’t see the other parts.
2646. This is the reason why mistakes like Faldoni was
pointing out are almost never noticed, and when they are pointed out the
observation is always received with surprised irritation by the
creators of said pictures.
2647. Now, hundreds of years later we have the advantage of reproductions in books where we can see an entire image reduced down to the size of a post card even if the actual painting is a hundred yards long and covers the ceiling of a gigantic church, still we can enjoy looking at the entire thing on nice glossy white paper measuring only about ten inches square.