Monday, July 5, 2010

Ars Sine Scientia Nihil

Because of Coomaraswamy's East meets West awareness and his intelligent -- and incredibly well read -- commentary on Art, my husband recommended that I read The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy.  And, because I am at heart still a student of literature, I have to add a few epigraphs even to a casual blog:
" for whom art was...a means to present ends of use and enjoyment and to the final end of beatitude equated with the vision of God whose essence is the cause of beauty in all things."
"To one who plays his instrument with art and wisdom it will teach him such things as grace the mind; but to one who questions his instrument ignorantly and violently, it will only babble (Homeric Hymns IV.483)"
"'Science renders the work beautiful; the will renders it useful; perseverance makes it lasting.'  Ars sine scientia nihil (art without science is nothing)."

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