Pliny, Beautiful Living
February 1, 2024

The Classive Tradition: A Personal Consideration This book is the script of a proposed nine-part video presentation that tells the story of us, the US, these United States, the culmination of the world’s Classive expression of Civic Art.   Ours is a Classive Tradition, a form of thought humane in practice, beautiful in design, true…

Realism Attacked
February 1, 2023

Kaywin Feldman and the National Gallery of Art Girl Scouts     Entering the Kaywin Feldman National Gallery of Art, East Building, that crooked, unfriendly museum that hides art in closets and exposes visitors to a Piranesi-like prison, you will notice two little light-boards near a gaping bulwark beneath a threatening metal sheet along an ominous…

Realism Attacked
August 15, 2021

The National Gallery of Art Petting Zoo   Here we are on the Acropolis, in the picture gallery, the Pinakotheke, looking from the Propylaea to John Russell Pope’s National Gallery of Art.  What a view, 5,125 miles and farther in time, 2,500 years, the distance between Phidias, Pericles, Plato, and you.  What a view. Over…

March 15, 2021

The song of the breeze of the morning in a field peopled with fragrant flowers is one of the many delights in having life.  And the song of the breeze is, to those who pause to listen, the voice of eternal wisdom.  Listening to the morning breeze is for me an almost daily occupation from…

History of Ideas
May 15, 2020

Preface III: Our Classical Heritage A Brief, “Very Brief” History of Ideas *** WHERE TO BEGIN? Upon the western coast of Anatolia, near the mouth of the Meander River, within the archaic Greek City of Miletus, in the sixth century before the birth of Christ, there lived three philosophers, Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes, philosophers who,…

History of Ideas
April 15, 2020

Preface III: Our Classical Heritage Part I: Where We Are * * * IN PREPERATION for Quæ Sumus, I wondered what might profit you most.  Then too, knowing of the common interest in, well, the world around us, I looked about to find some topic on which to dilate.  Here, just now, I am in…

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