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satyricon: fellini and creative crudeness

Fellini’s Satyricon- a pagan spectacle as it was in Nero’s time and certainly may be in our own… All the scenes of Fellini’s Satyricon possess a nightmarish vividness. Fellini took Petronius’s account and gave it a suitably phantasmgoric story line, … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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. … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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static cling of classicism

Lack of investment in motion. No, not a financial term referring to the money trails and the velocity of cash but the problem in classical composition of human forms being as static as the natural and architectural forms that are … Continue reading

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shiva ballet: cosmic

It would be hard to say that Western ballet reflects to any great degree the spirit of any single nation- its origins are international. But classical Indian dance is entirely, aggressively, Indian. So also is dance sculpture, the greatest examples … Continue reading

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