Category Archives: The arts

John Ruskin: “the Great Spirit of nature is as deep and unapproachable in the lowest as in the noblest objects”

John Ruskin The chapter “Of the Foreground” in the first volume of John Ruskin’s Modern Painters ends: One lesson, however, we are invariably taught by all, however approached or viewed, that the work of the Great Spirit of nature is … Continue reading

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John Ruskin: “You must either make a tool of the creature, or a man of him”

Self Portrait by John Ruskin John Ruskin had some typically heterodox thoughts on perfection that go well beyond the usual — and often excellent — thought that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” . . . no good … Continue reading

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Degas, Rembrandt, and Sargent

This post continues my Story Structure series. Self-Portrait (1850s) by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas A Woman Seated Beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?) (1865) by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

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John Ruskin, Giotto, and William Henry Fox Talbot

This post continues my Story Structure series. Scenes from the Life of Christ: 10. Entry into Jerusalem (1304-6) by Giotto (Click pictures to enlarge) For those readers who are puzzled why I’ve posted so many entries about old art but … Continue reading

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Jan van Eyck — The Arnolfini Wedding

This post continues my Story Structure series. The Arnolfini Wedding (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Arnolfini Wedding (Detail) (1434) by Jan van Eyck The Dead Christ (c. 1490) by Andrea … Continue reading

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Sassetta (approximately)

This post continues my Story Structure series. What does it mean to tell a story? I think one of the valid reasons that people often stress 3-act structure in screenplays is that it’s one way of making sure that we … Continue reading

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Perugino and Raphael

This post continues my Story Structure series. Here are three similar paintings: Christ Delivering the Keys of the Kingdom to Saint Peter by Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci (1445?-1523), called Perugino

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