AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

30 August 2020

Happy Birthday, David

David, The Death of Socrates, 1787


Jacques-Louis David was born on this day in 1748.

The artist must be a philosopher. Socrates the skilled sculptor, Jean-Jacques [Rousseau] the good musician, and the immortal Poussin, tracing on the canvas the sublime lessons of philosophy, are so many proofs that an artistic genius should have no other guide except the torch of reason.

Jacques-Louis David

The David episode from Simon Schama's BBC masterpiece, Power of Art ...

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