A painting is quite different from television or the movies, where a plot unfolds over time. It's just one image, frozen, unmoving. Yet, sometimes artists have exciting stories to tell.

  
Let's read about Brook Watson's adventure with a shark and see if what they say is true—that a picture is worth a thousand words....


John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1778, National Gallery of Art, Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund

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