Likeness, Abstraction and Knowledge

What Do We Know in Observational drawing?

  • Eduardo Côrte-Real IADE Creative University – Institute of Art, Design and Enterprise, Lisbon


This paper is about observational drawing.  In the matter of knowledge and drawing there is a tendency to investigate the power of drawing within the process of acquiring knowledge. For this we usually isolate disciplines that use drawing both as a cognitive skill and as a procedural skill. In this case we are referring to observation as part of scientific methods, thus underlining the importance of observing through drawing, different from observing and writing, observing and photographing, observing and filming or simply observing. In this paper, however, we would like to inquire about the pure act of knowledge that observing by drawing or drawing as if observing contemplates.

How to Cite
CÔRTE-REAL, Eduardo. Likeness, Abstraction and Knowledge. TRACEY, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 2, p. 1-22, dec. 2014. ISSN 1742-3570. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 july 2019.