In response to Katy Harrison's excellent and thought-provoking article https://www.theelenchus.org/post/thoughts-on-the-portrayal-of-hist...
“All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.”
-Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray