Saturday, February 24, 2007

Perspectives on Ideas February 24, 2007

Art (Continued)
843 JFK: …in [a democratic society] the highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist is to remain true to himself and to let the chips fall where they may. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days

433 In general his respect for artistic excellence exceeded his appreciation. Sorenson, Kennedy

87 The great naturalist Loren Eiseley once said that what characterizes great art is that it so renders an idea, an object, or an emotion that it is impossible to encounter it again without thinking of the artist’s conception of it. Marek, R. Gross, ed. Editors on Editing.

582 Freud: I let them express their own peculiar content in the form of writing, painting, drawing…this way they find their own symbolic expression and portray clearly their own pathology. Irving Stone, The Passions of the Mind (Life of Freud).

8 The wanderers had never been without craftsmen; and their pent-up need to give some permanent shape to the flux of experience, to make something perfect in their singularly imperfect existence.... Clark, Civilization.

50 The Abbot Suger of St. Denis...argued that we could only come to understand absolute beauty, which is God, through the effect of precious and beautiful things on our senses...” the dull mind rises to truth through that which is material”... has remained the basis of our belief in the value of art today. Clark, Civilization.

55 [Of the main portal at Chartres]: ...the longer you look at it, the more moving incidents, the more vivid details you discover. Clark, Civilization.

104 Realistic portraiture, the use of the accidents of each individual face to reveal inner life...was invented in Flanders, and came to immediate perfection in the work of Jan Van Eyck. Clark, Civilization.

131 Like all great artists he [Raphael] was a borrower and he absorbed his borrowings more than most. Clark, Civilization.

191 Of course, all art is to some extent illusion…transforms experience in order to satisfy some need…. Clark, Civilization.

212 …Dutch delight in material objects that produced their school of still-life painters, and often achieves what I can only call a spiritualization of matter…the joy that we feel when we look at the pewter jugs and white pots in Vermeer’s pictures…. Clark, Civilization.

216 Sir Christopher Wren…the thirty new city churches each…the solution of a different problem. Clark, Civilization.

218 Sprat’s History of the Royal Society: Indeed all products of the imagination are dangerous falsities and even ornaments of speech are a form of deceit. Clark, Civilization.

226 [Bach’s] …universal genius rose out of the high plateau of competitive musical life in the Protestant cities of northern Germany. Clark, Civilization.

237 Pater said that all art aspired to the condition of music. Clark, Civilization.

73 Artistic creation, says Aristotle, springs from…the craving for emotional expression. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Aristotle.

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