Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Fruits of wisdom
I went to the New Orleans Museum of Art today with a friend. On Wednesdays, admission is free to Louisiana residents.
Looking at art with a friend is always a good thing. Some works stir my brain, other works stir my friend's brain. We can point out interesting details to one another. We can go to a cafe after, and talk about things that well up in our minds after seeing the pure and vivid expression of feeling that others - some long, long past - have left in the world.
I am thinking of a Greek double-handled vase from 400 BC, emblazoned with an image of a swan flapping its wings.
Or the stairway of the Paris Opera House in 1880, viewed by an impressionist painter.
Or a medieval altarpiece portrait of a saint - who happens to look exactly like a bartender friend of mine.
Being able to share these experiences with friends is a treasure. I'm so lucky.