The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.—Hans Hofmann, quoted in Zen and the Art of Stand-up Comedy (1998)
To understand matters rightly we should understand their details, and as that knowledge is almost infinite, our knowledge is always superficial and imperfect.—François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
Be pitiful, for every man is fighting a hard battle.—Ian Maclaren, The British Weekly (1898)
|Picture of the day|
Portrait of a Young Girl is a small oil painting on oak panel completed between 1465 and 1470 by Petrus Christus. Unlike in prior Early Netherlandish paintings, the sitter is placed in an airy, three-dimensional, realistic setting. This portrait, described by art historian Joel Upton as "a polished pearl, almost opalescent, lying on a cushion of black velvet", was influential in the decades after its completion.