David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

23 April 2018

none so blind as those who will not see

Understanding cannot be forced on someone who chooses to be ignorant. 

1546, J. Heywood
          Who is so deafe, or so blynde, as is hee, 
          That wilfully will nother here nor see

1547, Borde Brev. of Helthe, bk ii fo. vi
          Who is blynder than he yt wyl nat se

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something... 


 Posted by Marcus Bunyan at Art Blart. The article  begins...

 For those who know how to look
 Not everyone can see. It takes a great eye and a great mind,   and the liberation of that mind, to be able to transform the   mundane, the everyday, the vernacular - into art. ...
 ( for the full article of text and photos click HERE )

 Brassaï (Gyulá Halász, 1899 – 1984)
 Picasso Tenant Une De Les Sculptures
 Picasso Holding One Of The Sculptures

 © Estate Brassaï Succession, Paris

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...