John Berger’s Theory of Art 

“The function of the work of art,” Berger sums up Raphael, “is to lead us from the work to the process of creation which it contains.” In other words, the viewing of art allows us to see how we are not the victim of history, but rather its subject. And as such, we get to make this history, this world. Art is the process of creation, co-creation, if you will.

Source: A Smuggling Operation: John Berger’s Theory of Art – Los Angeles Review of Books