One Picture of Thousands in the Louvre

We’re in Paris this week, and my son and I are spending days in the Louvre museum. A thing to be wholeheartedly recommended to anyone visually interested! There is so much material of the highest quality worthy of your closest attention, a person could spend a whole life in the Louvre and not tire or get bored about learning about art and life in this way. Every art object or picture there seems to be a cosmos in itself. One example is (inadequately) pictured below: van Eyck’s Chancellor Rolin’s Madonna. A friend gave me Anita Albus’ book “Die Kunst der Künste” (The art of the arts) that starts with a treatise on this picture. I couldn’t improve on Mrs. Albus, so let me just say I was struck standing in the presence of this work.

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