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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:17 pm   Post subject: Music and Architecture? Reply with quote


"I wish to paint a nativity icon, but all the ancient examples are different from one another. How do I know what to copy, and where do I have freedom to invent new variations?" The master answered, "Set all the ancient icons side by side. Some things will be the same in all of them. This is the canon, to which you must faithfully adhere. Other details will vary, and here you may paint something new, so long as your creativity is consistent with the spirit and intent of the old examples." Yes, this is all very general, but the spirit is very honest and forthright. We in the West place such an emphasis on individual novelty and innovation. Perhaps this accounts for a lot of anxiety. Our eastern brothers are craftsmen in a long tradition, and they seem to feel little anxiety as a result. Is this true? Do they feel they have sufficient freedom within the limits of tradition? If so, beati loro. They don't have to work so hard to make something truly beautiful.

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