Art is one of the most potent means of protesting authoritarianism and affirming freedom, but artists face threats in many nations, including China.
Shamus Culhane, the Woody Woodpecker animator, hid avant-garde art amidst the frames of this classic cartoon:
This is a momentous development, making the art of the great museums available to anyone with an internet connection. It will have a profound impact on world culture, erasing many geographical and socio-economic boundaries. (Via Nelson French)
Here is my dissertation: Laurence H. Kant, “The Interpretation of Religious Symbols in the Graeco-Roman World: A Case Study of Early Christian Fish Symbolism” (3 vols): Yale University, 1993. Please note that the pagination in the PDF files, though close, is not exactly the same as in my original dissertation (due to formatting issues).
I originally intended this as part of a comparative study of ancient symbols, including the menorah for Jews. Given the length of the project, this was not practical. However, I regard my dissertation as comparative project whose goal is to understand the nature of religious symbolism.
There are many things that I would now change, including writing style. Of note is the Avercius (Abercius) inscription text, which has several errors; for a correct edition, see above. I also wish that I had included a section on the use of fish and fishing symbolism in the gospels. If interested, take a look at the text of a talk I gave on this topic in “Essays and Talks” in “Larry Kant.”
I have also somewhat changed my views of Freud and Jung. I always appreciated them, but my dissertation is more critical of them than I would be now.
An extraordinary man who can see a place one time, memorize it, and draw it with astonishing precision–here Stephen Wiltshire draws Rome: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2MBBxU
This is a lovely video
We are the antennae that transmit the Source’s signals: art, beauty, ideas, knowledge, justice, truth, love.
Under waking anesthesia, life moves as a dream does. Time contracts. Moments take on greater meaning. Events do not flow from one to another, but from symbol to symbol, forming a poem and a painting.
According to some interpreters, the Sistine Chapel paintings contain hidden anatomical sketches
A great photograph is not a reproduction, but a distillation.
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