Though with only schoolboy French, we do appreciate the double or meta form of the formal reflexive French interrogation :
"What is it that it is (whatever)?"
"Qu' est-ce que c'est (this question)?"
Though with only schoolboy Art appreciation, we do appreciate the raised hands of Theatre of the Actors of Regard :
"Does anyone really know what this is?"
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(Fifteen months later they formed the Free Pencil Movement.)
"What is this?"
detailA Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something...