Thursday, October 06, 2005
"This is illusion. There is no exemption from history. The first time I saw the Grünewald [ Isenheim Altarpiece ] I was anxious to place it historically. In terms of medieval religion, the plague, medicine, the Lazar house. Now I have been forced to place myself historically.
"In a period of revolutionary expectation  I saw a work of art which had survived as evidence of the past's despair; in a period which has to be endured, I see the same work miraculously offering a narrow pass across despair."
-- John Berger, About Looking
Perhaps it doesn't go without saying that I'm applying this statement to the previous blog entries about the Left Bank images.