.Recently we showed (here) this new 'old-style' textover acquisition by the NGV.
Here's something similar, a tableau from the later 1800s. Theatre of the Actors of Regard before a set of Golden Guillotine genre painthings, all centred on a cloudy skyscape mind with over-text. (Reckoned to be an early launch site for Theatre du Vide and Yves Kline's later Leap into the Void.)
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A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...