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Closer to Van Eyck

This is a good thing. I’ve barely scratched the surface. (Thanks to Art History with Caroline Quintanar.)

Assignment I: common measure

Assignment I from Writing Metrical Poetry by William Baer.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
In sixteen plates you take us down
To baleful vaults of stone.
Your fantasies are far to close
To fears repressed and known.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Carceri, plate XIV, "The Gothic Arch", 1750.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Carceri, plate XIV, "The Gothic Arch", 1750.

And exaggeration for wit’s sake

G.K. Chesterton said:

In the beginning there was art for God’s sake, then in the Renaissance there was art for man’s sake. Beginning with Impressionism there was art for art’s sake. Now, unfortunately, we have no art, for God’s sake!