"Visual literacy is the ability to find meaning in imagery. It involves a set of skills ranging from simple identification–naming what one sees–to complex interpretation on contextual, metaphoric and philosophical levels. . . .
Visual literacy usually begins to develop as a viewer finds his/her own relative understanding of what s/he confronts, usually based on concrete and circumstantial evidence. It eventually involves considering the intentions of the maker, applying systems for thinking and rethinking one’s opinions, and acquiring a body of information to support conclusions and judgments. The expert will also express these understandings in a specialized vocabulary."