Whether routes to escape or paths to enlightenment, the written word can create enticing worlds so absorbing to the reader that other realities fade away.
A painting of a woman immersed in reading suggests a story of its own. Are books her means of temporary departure, transporting her to places she may never see but is free to dream of? Is she studiously searching their pages for illumination?
Little wonder that the reading woman has appeared in art for hundreds of years. She is a beautiful enigma, an untold tale, and we are left to search the images, pondering their meaning.