he threw it all away

Rembrandt. He was happily married and had one son. He was financially prosperous and creatively vigorous. But to a man of Rembrandt’s nature, prosperity and public adulation paled in comparison to finding solutions of problems in painting and new ways to express his philosophical ideas through the medium of his art. Rembrandt’s loss of his wife and his first three children certainly contributed to an introspective moodiness of his work that seemed to replace the spirit of profound joy that … Continue reading

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shiva cosmic dance: archery or love

The eternal dance of India was born thousands of years ago, with the story of Shiva and the Creation, but its sryle is still fresh, as though it had been discovered only yesterday… The beauty of the best Chola dance figures is a touchstone by which the live dancer may … Continue reading

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time stretchers: the sum remains the same

Is Time simply a necessary concept and not really a  creation? If so,  Time and absence of Time would be in a conflictual relation, meaning you could have one or the other and not a combination thereof. Instead, there is the possibility they are two parts of the same essence … Continue reading

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forget the formula

It is not a picture that follows any compositional formula very closely. Yet, it is still organized with a high degree of definition. A question to ask is how Mantegna has organized the multitude of precisely executed detail into a composition where each one has its proper place and emphasis. … Continue reading

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parables of the blind

The blind men, proceeding in single file, across a bit of descending ground that ends in a ditch.The leader tumbles in, and the others continue to follow with complete docility, a catastrophe in graduated stages with increasing levels of suspicion. The figures other than the leader are all studies in … Continue reading

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at home in a greater order

A painter can say things well beyond the narrative of an incident drawn from a literary source. Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of Icarus fits the ticket as a philosophical narrative…. According to Greek legend, Icarus fell to his death in the sea when he flew too close to … Continue reading

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getting cozy with Ole’ Man Time

“If you knew Time as well as I do,” said the Hatter, “you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him.” “I don’t know what you mean,” said Alice. “Of course you don’t!’ the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. ÔI dare say you never even spoke to Time!” ( Lewis … Continue reading

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