True strength is delicate.~Louise Berliawsky Nevelson
What does “delicate” look like? This is the question Ann-Christine asks us this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #46. Some of my choices may surprise you.
I think we’d all agree that delicate is often light and fragile. This image of a little girl holding a butterfly in Meijer Gardens came to mind.
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I have never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.~Joseph Wood Krutch
It’s also soft–like this cat I saw sleeping on a motorbike a few weeks ago near Santo Spirito.
But delicate can also be surprisingly strong and resilient. A cat has 7 lives, after all.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.~Ovid
Now, take a look at the next 3 images. They are all sculptures of young women created by two master artists–Desidero da Settignano and his pupil Andrea del Verrocchio, who in turn taught Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael. Somehow these two geniuses were able to convey a sense of delicate beauty even though they were sculpting in marble. Amazing, isn’t it?
Settignano and Verrocchio remind me that “delicate” is deceptive. It is far from weak. Often it masks true strength–both in nature and in us, the human family.
In closing, I’d like to invite you to join Ann-Christine, for this week’s intriguing and timely “Delicate” challenge. And I’d like to thank you all for participating in our Lens-Artists Photo Challenges, which helps to sustain and grow our blogging community. Your responses have been marvelous. We love these wonderful glimpses into your world when you share your images with us!