Western philosophy finds a basis in the ideas of three geniuses of antiquity, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle who helped to found the system we live by, democracy
Renaissance designers grasped the idea of a garden everyone would be happy enjoying life and love in together as in Arcadia pastoral home of the Ancient Greeks
What is the test of a great portrait – is it about the power of the artist to enter the sitter’s emotions and convey their feelings so we might experience empathy?
From the 5th to the 15th centuries in Europe monastic orders and Christian mysticism flourished. Italy’s painter and architect Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (Raphael) (1483-1520), in a work known as the School of Athens (1508-1511) depicted the two worlds of Christianity and paganism facing each other as equals. The ‘pagan…