Stop Explaining My Art!

Astronomers in Texas have determined that the famous figure in Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream, is meant to be reacting to a frightening, fiery Norwegian sunset, caused by the eruption of an Indonesian volcano. Kate Taylor would like these astronomers, and all other art-explaining scientists, to kindly take a seat and stop telling her what her favorite paintings are about. “The eager detectives who ferret out the scientific details of these artistic experiences always argue they don’t mean to diminish the art, but that is the effect, however unintended, of their discoveries.”