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Wordless Moments of Being

Throughout my life I have been a collector of memorable moments. If I decide I want to capture a certain moment, I stop in my tracks and tell myself to register the impression. I do not have an eidetic sense, … Continue reading

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Esse Est Percipere (To Be Is to Perceive)

1.“…he [William Blake] did everything he could to make his figures lose substance, to become transparent and indeterminate one from the other, to defy gravity, to be present but intangible, to glow without a definable surface, not to be reducible … Continue reading

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The Erotic Watery Dreamland of Henri Rousseau

“In 1910, the year of his death, Rousseau gave the world his last dream, his extraordinary painting Le Rȇve. In a moonlit jungle clearing, a naked woman lies on a brown velvet-covered couch. In attendance are she-lions, birds of paradise, … Continue reading

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Haunting Paintings: “Wind from the Sea” by Andrew Wyeth

I saw this painting today and became transfixed by it. The wind has brought the smell of the sea and the birds on the old and frail lace curtain have momentarily caught wind in their wings. I felt nostalgia, melancholia, … Continue reading

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The Art of Resurrection

Today my thoughts were directed to the phenomenon of Greek “abaton”: “Also called a mundus or earth-womb, the abaton was a real pit, standard equipment in a pagan temple. Those who entered it to ‘incubate,’ or to sleep overnight in … Continue reading

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Famous Paintings: “Anatomy of the Heart” by Enrique Simonet y Lombardo

“The Spanish painter Enrique Simonet y Lombardo, in the last year of the nineteenth century, … produced an admirable canvas showing the anatomic exploration of a woman’s body. … an old man holds in his hand the heart he has … Continue reading

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Botticelli’s “Mystic Nativity”

Sandro Boticelli, Mystic Nativity This beautiful painting has been one of my favourites for many years. I was always touched by the beautiful twelve angels dancing in a circle at the top, the three angels gracing the roof and the … Continue reading

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In Heraclitus’ River: The Mystery of Time

1. Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes … Continue reading

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My Name is Red: Between the East and the West

A great painter does not content himself by affecting us with his masterpieces; ultimately, he succeeds in changing the landscape of our mind. Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk is a Nobel winning Turkish novelist, whose Sun sign … Continue reading

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