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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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Pieter Brueghel and W.H. Auden

This post begins a new series, Story Structure. Pieter Brueghel, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus You know what “they,” the screenwriting gurus and the Hollywood suits, tell us: “Icarus is your main character. Keep focus on him. Make sure … Continue reading

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The battle of the statues in Wyman Park

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. Wyman Park is in Baltimore, just in front of the Baltimore Museum of Art and near the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University. It has two statues, not far … Continue reading

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Édouard Manet — clothed and unclothed

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. Here are two contrasting paintings: by Bouguereau and by Édouard Manet. (Click to enlarge.) Nymphs and Satyr (1873) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau Dejeuner sur L’Herbe (1863) by Édouard Manet We think … Continue reading

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Malevich and Vermeer

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. Self Portrait in Two Dimensions by Kasimir Malevich

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What “poetry” means: Rembrandt

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. De Staalmeesters (The Masters of the Cloth Drapers Guild) by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn The main idea of this series is to suggest three criteria for poetry, in any art … Continue reading

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Michelangelo’s “Slave Awakening”

Robert Snyder made two inspiring documentaries about Michelangelo—and films about others including Buckminster Fuller, Claudio Arrau and Willem de Kooning. I’ve been haunted by his 1989 documentary Michelangelo: Self Portrait.

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