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Giotto doesn’t play for Juventus — 1 Comment

  1. When I was in secondary school I could never fathom what all the fuss was about with poetry. It seemed twisted or mangled to fit to a form that nature didn’t intend. At the same time I got my hand on a large set of Scotts novels published in the 19th century and these I adored.
    Needless to explain I had what might be termed a less than stellar high school and it wasn’t until I lived in London dealing with very well educated people that I realised I wasn’t a total fool. After a while I applied to university and in Galway I got a place to read Arts. There under the Classics professors it dawned that 95% of poetry in English is Latin, and what makes excellent sense in Latin is downright heavihanded in English.
    Giotto is important in himself, but it is considered that the painters in the 20 years either side of 1900 he took on a purity that dropped things back before all the fuss with the politico-religious of the reformation/counter-reformation. And it’s true if you remove the faces and simply examine the colours and spaces you do get that impression.
    It’s in the same space as George Berkeley is treated today as someone that can smash a philosophical impasse.

    On the Church thing. Up to relatively lately it was little more than a means to tax so keep 2nd and 3rd sons and daughtors in a good living. I’ve often wondered if the German method might be far better where the clergy are civil servants.

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