Under three minutes to a healthy understanding of the past several thousand years of art history. If you're able to process visual information like Chuck, that is.
It's amazing how easily recognizable a lot of these images are, even at a fraction of a second. Also, when viewed so quickly, it's readily apparent that the images we value most in art are the ones with a human element. Oh, there's some abstraction in there, but for the most part, the art we connect with is the art that connects us together. The final image alone sums that up neatly.
I, of course, was on the lookout for food. I definitely saw some still lifes here and there, but overall, there's not a lot of eating. Food is important to art, though. Case in point:
Iconic? Oh yes. And probably the best example there is of the way food is intertwined with every little piece of our lives.
And, by the way, I found this video via the new blog Deep Glamour. It's Virginia Postrel, Kate Coe and Diego Rodriguez...and it gives me serious, serious blog envy.