Weekly Photo Challenge: Works of Art (Timeless and Enduring)

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.

Giorgio de Chirico

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For this week’s theme, I offer you seven works of art, which I visit over and over in museums in Grand Rapids and Chicago.  Putting them together here for the first time, I’m struck by the fact that they were created over thousands of years apart–the earliest from the Bronze Age and the latest in this present decade.  They were created by artists from all parts of the globe, most of them unknown.   Even so, the artists’ representations of humankind are universal and erase the boundaries of time and place.   Each sculpture could have been created in our modern age and has the power to connect with us on a very human level.

And now, it’s time for me to be quiet and let this wonderful art and great creative minds speak for themselves!  Enjoy–

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.–Pablo Picasso

From the permanent collection, the Art Institute of Chicago

From the permanent collection, Early Bronze Age, Marble, the Art Institute of Chicago

Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.–Arthur Schopenhauer

From the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

From the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

 

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere.  But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.–Giorgio de Chirico

From the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

From the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

Art is not in some far-off place. A work of Art is the expression of a man’s whole personality, sensibility and ability–  Sinichi Suzuki

From the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

From the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

One should be either a work of art or wear a work of art.–Oscar Wilde

A Portrait of a Young Roman Woman, from the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

A Portrait of a Young Roman Woman, from the permanent collection, The Art Institute of Chicago

What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of personal life and speak to the spirit and heart of the poet as man to the spirit and heart of mankind–Carl Gustav Jung

From the permanent collection, The Chicago Institute of Art

From the permanent collection, The Chicago Institute of Art

Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.–Friedrich Nietzche

Sculpture, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

Sculpture, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

 

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