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Beautiful, captivating and important examination of the politics, and poetics of still life painting.
I just love the way this is written. Look at this: ...the forms of still life have enourmous force (jug, jar, bowl, pitcher). As humnan time flows around the forms, smoothing them and tending them through countless acts of attention across countless centuries, time secrets a priceless product: familiarity.
"The year is regulated by a cycle of indulgence and rationing which ensures that the earth's fruits are evenly spread, whether troweling piles of food onto the groaning boards or eking out a meal of herring and bread" Bryson on Pieter Brueghel the Elder
Oh, so the material world IS the eternal world!
Had to read it for a class.