"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Through Rembrandt's Eyes

The most spellbinding portraiture to date was surely Rembrandt's. In the following examples, the depiction of the sitter's gaze draws us into a variety of intense silent dialogue.

This gaze is remarkable in its eerie ability to look at directly at the viewer, almost as if "sizing" us up.

This early self portrait is a perfect study of a contemplative "lost in thought" gaze that I have ever witnessed.

And in this, dear reader, the elderly Rembrandt has limned such an intense and gripping melancholy that has been the sublime ideal of aesthetics throughout the ages. This is simply nonpareil drama.

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